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Training Camp Notes: RBs Concern Pettine

Injuries have Mike Pettine concerned about the running back spot and more in Fred's notebook from training camp

BEREA—Mike Pettine and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo made it very clear that they are planning to be a run oriented offense.

However, the troops are beginning to get thin. Duke Johnson (hamstring), Terrance West (calf), Glenn Winston (knee) and Luke Lundy all sat out Tuesday’s practice. In fact, the Browns had to sign two running backs just to run drills. They brought in free agents Jalen Parmele from Toledo and Timothy Flanders from Sam Houston State on Monday.

“Just being able to practice we had to bring some guys in,” Pettine said.

Before the signing of Parmele and Flanders, the Browns were down to Shaun Draughn and Isaiah Crowell as healthy backs. Pettine said it’s disappointing to be so low at running back position this early in camp.

“It is because you have to practice (the running game),” Pettine said. “It’s hard when the lineup is constantly being churned like the way it is. You want to settle it in camp because they’re all young and they need the reps and when they’re not out there it is a source of frustration.”

On Sunday, Pettine said West is close to returning, but he made it sound as though Johnson might be out a little bit.

“It’s just disappointing that a guy we’re counting on to be a big part of what we’re trying to do, to lose him at this formative time of what we’re getting done, that’s tough,” Pettine said. “He’ll have a lot of catching up work to do. He’s doing it mentally, but there’s no substitute for live reps.”

Pryor Hurt: WR Terrelle Pryor pulled up on a special teams drill and then had his hamstring heavily wrapped with ice. Later in practice he had it taken off, but he didn’t participate in practice thereafter.

Pryor said he doesn’t think it’s anything to worry about.

“It’s really light,” Pryor said. “I didn’t pull anything. It was a little tight. I wanted to take precautions.”

Pryor said he’s hoping to not miss any practice and hopes to play at Ohio State on Friday in the scrimmage.

“I hope not,” he said. “We’ll go with what the trainer says, but it’s more important to be ready for the first preseason game.”

Pryor was able to use his quarterback skills before he was injured in the team scrimmage as he took a pitch on a reverse and threw a deep ball that was well underthrown but caught by WR Travis Benjamin for a touchdown. One defensive back termed the pass “a duck.”

“It was a duck,” Pryor said. “But it was a completion.”

Winn Update: DL Billy Winn’s injury is an ankle injury, but not the dreaded high ankle sprain according to Pettine.

“It was more ankle than knee, but we will still be a little bit of time, at least a week and then we’ll evaluate it.”

Day of Rest: DB Joe Haden, DL Desmond Bryant and LB Karlos Dansby were given days of rest. RB Duke Johnson (hamstring), RB Glenn Winston (knee), RB Terrance

West (calf), RB Luke Lundy (concussion) all missed practice as did DB Robert Nelson Jr.

Rookie FB Malcom Johnson left practice with the training staff with an undisclosed injury. Pettine said he didn’t know what the injury was.

“I don’t know, but know he was going in to be evaluated.”

Pettine and OL Coach Andy Moeller discuss the Browns run game and more here:

Actress Visits: Actress Valerie Bertinelli was at camp in Browns gear and visited with Pettine and Crowell among others after practice. Most recently, Bertinelli starred in “Hot in Cleveland” television show. She said she’s a long-time Browns fan.

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