With the news of Mingo undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee Thursday, the Browns will have to move some players around.
“What it really means is that Kruger will take on some more of our SAM linebacker role along with (Nate) Orchard who we've been prepping to do that,” Pettine said. “We might have to package some other things, using whether it's an additional safety or and additional inside linebacker. But still, we're a ways away from having to worry about that chart from a game standpoint."
Defensive end Armonty Bryant is also a possibility on the outside, although he has been taking reps on the outside in training camp.
"Armonty's been playing a good amount of it, just kind of gets hidden,” Pettine said. “He doesn't stand up as much as the other guy. We give those guys an option in some of our calls it could either be a two point or a three point. He might be playing outside backer but his hand is down so it's going to appear to the casual observer that he's defensive end.”
Orchard said he’s feeling he’s adjusting to the NFL level, but knows it will start to ramp up with live game action.
“Yeah, I think I’m doing well, but at the end of the day there are always things to improve on technique-wise, pass rushing, even if it’s run stopping,” Orchard said. “There’s so much on the table so every day you just have to keep building and building.”
The Browns drafted Orchard in the second-round after he led the nation in sack average per game and had 18.5 sacks last season at Utah.
Solomon has also been praised by the coaching staff for his development after his strong finish to the 2014 season.
“I feel like I have gotten better every year that I have played in the league,” Solomon said. “So it is definitely a progression for me and with that comes experience and confidence, too.”
Pettine said he’s unsure how long Mingo will be out.
"Do not,” Pettine said. “We'll know better- it was today so we'll know better coming out of it. Sometimes when they go in, you never know if they find anything additional." Pettine said he feels sympathetic to Mingo. "You always do, especially a guy that works that hard, that is that quality a character, an individual that it's important to him and he puts the time in. Unfortunately, you have some guys that get some unfortunate injuries but you root for guys like that to come back, and come back and play well."
Gipson Dinged: DB Tashaun Gipson was held out after being “dinged” on a goal line play Wednesday according to Pettine. He said it’s not expected to be serious and was held out as a precaution.
DB Pierre Desir had what Pettine called a “soft tissue” injury not believed to be serious. TE E.J. Bibbs went off the field with the trainers, but returned. TE Kevin Haplea had his leg rolled up on during an inside drill and hurt his knee.
Winston Surgery: RB Glenn Winston also had arthroscopic surgery on his knee according to Pettine. No timetable was given on Winston but he had not practiced in training camp. Pettine said he reported with the injury and the trainers thought it might clear up on its own, but they decided to have the procedure.
West, Duke, Bowe, Pryor Still Out: Pettine said that WR Dwayne Bowe (hamstring), WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) will not play in the scrimmage on Friday in Columbus. Pettine did say that Pryor would be on the sideline at Ohio Stadium for the scrimmage.
Other players still nursing injuries were RB Duke Johnson (hamstring), RB Terrance West (calf), OL Joe Thomas (rest), DB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (knee), Joe Madsen (concussion), RB Luke Lundy (concussion), DB Robert Nelson Jr. (hamstring), TE Randall Telfer (foot) and DL Billy Winn (knee/ankle).
NFL Network at the Shoe: Solomon Wilcots and Mike Mayock will be in Columbus for the Browns scrimmage Friday night broadcasting for Inside Training Camp Primetime starting at 6 pm on NFL Network.
Mack Kick Wins: The offensive line and the defensive line took turns taking 20-yard field goals at the end of practice to determine who would wear the camo jerseys. The first 12 players missed before C Alex Mack booted it through. DL Phil Taylor had a chance to tie, but was off the mark.
“It’s fair to say we don’t have our backup kicker in the O-line room or the D-line room,” Pettine said.
The Plane, The Plane: A drone flew over Browns practice and created a stir. “That wasn’t our drone,” Pettine said.