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What We've Been Told: Manziel and More

Lane checks in with the latest on injuries and position battles in this edition of 'What We've Been Told'.

The elbow issue QB Johnny Manziel has been struggling with has been described to theOBR as a ‘strain’. The second-year signal-caller, vying for increased playing time has had ‘tinges’ of pain at various time throughout camp.
 
As reported by head coach Mike Pettine and verified independently by theOBR, Manziel does not have structural damage within the elbow the soundest approach is to rest and rehab the elbow. There has been a low-scale grumble that Manziel may seek a second opinion on the injured.
 
The recommendation by the Browns medical staff is Manziel continue to receive therapy on the elbow with the potential target of 7-days to begin throwing.
 
-- The Browns staff was excited to have WR Terrelle Pryor on the practice field on Wednesday andThursday. Pryor completed both practice sessions without a reoccurrence of the hamstring strain he suffered early in training camp.
 
During the practice sessions, Pryor caught the ball well, was solid in his routes and recognition and was forced to leave the practice field, as the Browns staff has him on a set number of reps.
 
Pryor will suit-up and play in the Browns third preseason game, versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday barring any setback.
 
** As the hamstring injury woes stripped WR Dwayne Bowe and rookie RB Duke Johnson much of training camp, both players have responded well to the therapy process.
 
Bowe and Johnson are expected to see a set number of plays against the Buccaneers on Saturday.
 
** The third preseason game is an important one for many wanting to make an impression and survive the first round of roster cuts on September 1st.
 
- OL’man Michael Bowie was expected to be a contender for the starting RT spot, but training camp hasn’t gone as expected for the lineman.
 
Rather than battling for a starting role, Bowie has not fared well in game conditions and wasn’t flashing in practice sessions. 
 
Bowie has been on the sideline the past couple sessions due to shoulder soreness, which has the Browns considering all the options at his position and role.
 
- OL’man Vinston Painter will gain an extended look in Saturday’s preseason game against Tampa Bay after the starting unit departs. The Browns believe Painter has the potential to play a depth role along the line in the 2015 season, missing from the team a season ago.
 
- TheOBR has been told OL’man Andrew McDonald’s continued improvement and great attitude has caught the attention of the Browns staff and has worked his way into the roster conversation.
 
- An interesting battle for a depth ILB role has been fought between Tank Carder and rookie Hayes Pullard.
 
As it stands today, the Browns want to retain both players, but the numbers crunch could make one player expendable. Play on special teams could determine whether one or both make the 53-player roster on September 5th.
 
- Rookie fullback Malcolm Johnson has returned to ‘active’ status after missing a considerable portion of training camp due to a shoulder injury.
 
Selected in the 6th round of the 2015 draft, Johnson impressed the Browns on film while at Mississippi State and early in the rookie and OTA sessions. 
 
- Unless the wheels fall off the wagon, rookie TE E.J. Bibbs will be on the Browns 53-man roster comeSeptember 5th. Gibbs continues to impress the staff — and he continue to grow and make plays in practice sessions.
 
- For a team believed to have limited depth and potential, the WR position has been one of intrigue and competition.
 
As theOBR has been told, Bowe, Brian Hartline, Andrew Hawkins, Taylor Gabriel and Travis Benjamin will be on the roster, which leaves one-to-two spots available.
 
The legitimate contenders for the final spot(s) as told to theOBR are Pryor, rookie Vince Mayle and Marlon Moore.

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