BEREA,Ohio--It's only Wednesday, but so far, so good on the quarterback front.
Both Cody Kessler and Josh McCown returned to practice Wednesday. Kessler was throwing the ball and moving around pretty well in the early portion of practice open to the media. Both players were listed as limited on the official injury report.
When asked before practice, if he thought he would be able to play on Sunday, Kessler didn't hesitate.
“I’m taking it day to day right now," Kessler said. "That is the plan. That is my goal is obviously is to be ready to go on Sunday. I have to get through practice first and go day to day and just see how it feels getting the full reps, throw the pads on and see how it feels.”
Kessler said he's made vast improvement since leaving last Sunday's game after Patriots' linebacker Dont'a Hightower landed on his chest.
"Just been rehabbing the last few days and getting treatment," Kessler said. "I'm feeling better. I'm going to get a little practice (Wednesday) here and there and see how it feels throwing. I got to throw a little bit (Tuesday). It's a little sore, but the best part of it is improving."
Kessler described what he was feeling physically.
“It is just sore," he said. "It is more so uncomfortable than anything. I have been rehabbing two to three times a day the last few days and spent a lot of time in there and ice and doing a lot of movement stuff. It is definitely feeling a lot better than it was obviously on gameday and the last few days.”
McCown returned to practice after injuring his non-throwing shoulder against the Ravens in the second game. McCown was 20-of-33 for 260 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in that game for a rating of 80.4.
McCown said he'll do whatever is asked of him.
“I expect to go back and play wherever they want me to play and when they want me to play," he said. "That is my expectation. The bigger focus for me right now is just getting to a point and a place where I’m healthy and can go back and do the things they need me to do and ask me to do. Like I said, we will find that out Wednesday.”
Kessler has started the past three games after the injury to McCown and is 54-of-81 for 529 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. His rating is 87.9. If Hue Jackson decides to go back to McCown, Kessler said he's alright with it, but will continue to prepare as though he is the starter.
“My plan is the same as it has always been – just continue to prepare," Kessler said. "That is obviously Coach (Hue) Jackson’s decision. He makes the call on all of those, but I’m going to continue to keep the same process and continue to prepare like I have the last few weeks.
Wide receiver and emergency quarterback Terrelle Pryor was asked about him possibly being used at quarterback, but he said he thought the Browns were planning to go with Kessler, if he makes it through the practice week with no setbacks.
“As of now, I think we are rolling with Cody because he is going to go (Wednesday) and obviously see how he feels," Pryor said before practice. "We will go from there after that. I don’t know what is going to happen after that. I think we have a good gameplan. We just got out of meetings, and it gives us a chance to win so we are excited about that and I’m excited about that.”
Bitonio Out: As reported earlier, OL Joel Bitonio was not on the practice field and will miss "extended time" with a mid-foot sprain. He was listed as did not practice with a foot injury. Other players not practicing were WR Corey Coleman (hand), DL Xavier Cooper (shoulder), TE Seth DeValve (knee), TE Randall Telfer (ankle) and OL Joe Thomas (knee). TE Gary Barnidge (forearm/hip) was limited and OL Cameron Erving (chest/lungs) and DB Tramon Williams (shoulder) were limited.
Hogan Ready: Rookie QB Kevin Hogan said he thinks his time on the practice squad convinced the Browns to part ways with QB Charlie Whitehurst and elevate him to the active roster.
“I think that I showed them that I got better each day and I made greater strides each week and learning the playbook and getting my feet right," he said. "I was coming from an offense where some of the rhythm drops were different and the reads were different so coming over and making improvements there and knowing where to go with the ball I think helped me.”
Fabiano Returns: The Browns have signed OL Anthony Fabiano to the practice squad.
Fabiano (6-3, 303) is a rookie out of Harvard. Originally signed by Baltimore as an undrafted free agent, Fabiano spent the first four weeks of the season the Browns’ practice squad and was active but not play last week against New England.
Briles in the House: Former Baylor coach Art Briles was at practice working with quarterbacks during the open media session. Briles was at training camp in early August watching and visiting with his former players, QB Robert Griffin III, WR Josh Gordon, OL Spencer Drango and WR Corey Coleman.
"He's here as my guest," Jackson said. "I'm always looking at ways to help us."