Berea-- At the end of practice on Monday, Browns stalwart left tackle Joe Thomas was rolled up on and appeared to injure his leg and walked off the practice field with a trainer. Thomas was not limping, and after practice Mike Pettine said “I don’t think it’s anything serious.”
Thomas received treatment and will be evaluated later.
Paul Kruger was asked if an injury scare like that affects a player and he agreed it did. “There’s cornerstone guys that really you need out there,” said Kruger. “And Joe’s been an effective player for a long time so you want to take care of those guys and make sure their healthy. So I’m hoping everything is ok.”
Fullback Malcolm Johnson was back in pads and practicing on Monday. There was no easing him back into practice as he got several carries and made a really nice cut-back move for a big gain.
On Sunday Pettine was asked what he saw from the scrimmage that the team needed work on, and he mentioned tackling and pad level on both the offensive and defensive lines. On Monday, those areas were targeted with several individual drills and then the 11-on-11 sessions as well.
At the beginning of practice the kickers both got a chance to make kicks starting from extra-point range to longer field goals. Neither kicker really stood out in the drill.
The defense was dominant in the first 11-on-11 session, recording a few sacks, a pass deflected at the line and a pair of interceptions by Justin Gilbert and Joe Rankin.
The offense got going later in practice with a couple of nice runs by Terrance West and Malcolm Johnson, and a great diving catch by fourth round pick Vince Mayle. Mayle has been a bit of an enigma by making some very difficult catches and dropping several others that were right on him.
Danny Shelton continued to look good, especially in an individual drill going against Ryan Seymour. In those same drills Nate Orchard got past Joe Thomas on a speed move and Phil Taylor showed he still can bring it when he wants to blowing up Alex Mack in one rep.
The walking wounded today included Dwayne Bowe (hamstring), Terrelle Pryor (hamstring), Pierre Desir (hamstring), Shaun Draughn (hand), Robert Nelson (hamstring), Duke Johnson (hamstring), Glenn Winston (knee), and Billy Winn (knee). Luke Lundy (concussion) and Joe Madsen (concussion) were again not out on the field.