Browns RT Jack Conklin plans to return against Washington, says “I’m ready to go”

Time off helped Conklin's ankle heal
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Jack Conklin’s ankle is feeling better and the right tackle doesn’t plan to be held out of a second straight game due to the injury.

“I’m ready to go,” Conklin said Wednesday morning during a Zoom video conference with reporters.

Conklin appeared to suffer the injury during the fourth quarter of a 38-6 loss to the Ravens in Week 1.

Although Conklin wanted to play last week, he admitted the time off helped.

“Definitely, having those 10 days are fantastic for my ankle,” Conklin said. “I’m feeling great.”

Conklin was active but did not play in Thursday night’s 35-30 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Conklin tested the heavily taped ankle with trainers and offensive line coach Bill Callahan approximately 90 minutes before kickoff while head coach Kevin Stefanski and EVP/GM Andrew Berry looked on.

Ultimately the decision was made to let him rest and it appears to have worked out.

“The ankle’s feeling great,” Conklin said. “I’ll be back to 100 percent this week, rolling. Obviously it’s a tough situation on a short week, trying to come back after getting beat up and it came down to the wire.

“It’s tough, you want to be out there and play. That’s why I’m here and hopefully we don’t have this situation again.”

Washington’s defensive front, which features first-round picks Chase Young, Montez Sweat, Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne, leads the NFL with 11 sacks through 2 weeks.

The Browns did not allow a sack against Cincinnati after allowing 2 in Week 1.

“Obviously they’re a great front and they’re playing really well,” Conklin said. “They’ve got some young guys up there that are doing a great job and really coming together and working as a group.

“It’ll be a great challenge for us this week to keep everybody clean. It’s going to be a fun week. We’re excited to get out there and show what we can do.”