BEREA, OH — It seemed to be a pretty standard Sunday at Browns Training Camp in Berea, when a single throw became the headline.
Browns quarterback @Johnny Manziel tossed a pass to wide receiver Josh Lentz in team 11-on–11 drills which fell nicely into the receiver’s hands.
Upon Manziel’s follow through, however, he felt some reoccurring soreness, at which point he walked towards the Browns training staff, unbuckled his helmet and pointed to his right elbow.
He motioned to his quarterbacks coach, Kevin O’Connell, before Mike Pettine made a gesture that indicated he didn’t want Manziel to throw any longer.
Manziel didn’t throw a single pass the rest of the day and after practice, Pettine offered an update on the issue.
“He started to get a little sore,” Pettine said of the quarterback. “We’ll make the decision. We might rest him and then he’s got an off day coming up, so I wouldn’t be surprised tomorrow if we shut him down. It just depends how he feels.”
With Manziel’s arm soreness having already caused the quarterback to have missed a practice on August 11th, prior to Cleveland’s first preseason game against Washington, Pettine was asked if this lingering issue is causing him or the trainers any concern.
“Am I concerned? When the trainer tells me I need to be concerned, that it’s a long-term thing and not just a usage thing, then I’ll be concerned,” Pettine said.
According to the head coach, Monday’s practice will feature only Josh McCown and Thaddeus Lewis making throws, which will force the staff to tailor the practice around the situation.
Pryor Remains Out
While Manziel played through the majority of practice before the soreness reoccurred, wide receiver Terrelle Pryor was held out of practice once again with this lingering hamstring issue.
Pettine said on Saturday that he sees Pryor’s window of opportunity shrinking, which would mean that it only continues to shrink as Pryor misses practices.
It remains to be seen whether or not Pryor will return to the practice field on Monday, but all both Pryor and the Browns are aiming for him to play in the team’s “dress rehearsal” against the Buccaneers.
Mysteriously missing from practice without any word of injury, rookie defensive pass rusher Nate Orchard was excused from Sunday’s practice for personal reasons.
The Berea Biker Brigade
On the bikes at Browns practice on Sunday were CB Joe Haden (hamstring), WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring), CB Justin Gilbert (hip flexor), CB K’Waun Williams (calf), S Tashaun Gipson (calf) and DB Robert Nelson Jr. (hamstring).
RB Luke Lundy and DB Jordan Poyer also didn’t practice, as they continue to go through the NFL’s concussion protocol.
OL Michael Bowie, who was said to have sustained a shoulder injury in the Browns preseason game against the Bills, also did not practice on Sunday afternoon.
Browns Practice Monday
The Browns will once again take the practice field on Monday in Berea, presumably wearing their full pads, before getting an off day on Tuesday.