BEREA— Mere minutes after Browns head coach Mike Pettine and defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil declared him fully recovered from an injury, Justin Gilbert appeared not so healthy when reporters headed to the practice field.
Gilbert, who had been inactive for the Browns first two games of the season with a hip flexor issue, had his right hamstring wrapped and was kneeling on the side with his pads on watching practice.
The injury was not disclosed to the media, so there was no timeframe for when it occurred.
Prior to practice, Pettine said that Gilbert was at full-strength and was working his way up to play time.
“Justin’s done a real nice job. He’s fully recovered from his injury and he’s stacking together some good practices, so we’ll ultimately make that decision at the end of the week,” Pettine said. “What he’s done here on the practice field and in the meeting rooms has been encouraging.”
O’Neil echoed Pettine’s sentiments and added that if he was able to be activated, the defense could certainly use him.
“He’s back, he’s healthy, he’s had a good week now of practice. I’m hoping that continues,” O’Neil said. If that continues the rest of this week, if he continues to practice the way he has been, he’s making a case for himself and if he’s up, we’ll use him.”
According to the Browns injury report posted after practice, Gilbert was limited in practice with a hamstring injury, but there were no further updates on his status.
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