BEREA, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – As the injuries pile up for the Browns, a major sign of relief followed Thursday’s practice.
Right tackle Jack Conklin was nowhere to be seen and Chris Hubbard took most of his reps with the first team offense during practice raising concerns, but Conklin is fine.
The veteran, who signed a three-year, $42 million contract as a free agent, was not listed on the post-practice injury report and was simply given the day off.
Following three straight practices in pads, the Browns were in helmets and shorts, in accordance with league guidelines that prohibits four straight practices in pads.
The Browns have 11 remaining padded practices of the 14 allotted every team during camp available to them.
Welcome back – Before practice head coach Kevin Stefanski indicated that defensive end Myles Garrett would practice for the first time since the practice portion of camp began last week, so seeing No. 95 with his fellow defensive linemen was not a surprise.
Garrett, who had been sidelined with a hamstring injury, was limited to individual positional work Thursday.
Bombs away – Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr. teamed up for the play of the day – and arguably camp – late in Thursday’s practice.
Mayfield took a deep drop off play action before he stepped up and unloaded a deep ball into double coverage.
Beckham, who was streaking down the right side of the field, out jumped safety Sheldrick Redwine and cornerback Donovan Olumba to come down with the football at the 1-yard line.
Pick-6 – Cornerback Denzel Ward made the defensive play of the day early in practice.
Ward stepped in front of a Case Keenum pass at the goal line and returned it up the far sideline 100 yards for a touchdown.
Out of time – Mayfield and the first team offense has been taking liberties with the play clock during practice this week, and especially during Thursday’s session.
On multiple occasions the play clock ran out on Mayfield during 11-on-11 work, but coaches allowed the plays to proceed.
The offense was called for a delay twice during Thursday’s practice.
Bouncing back – Kicker Austin Seibert made five of seven field goal tries Thursday.
Seibert missed a try from 45-plus yards but came right back and drilled a 50-yarder on the next kick to end the period that he would've made from 60 easily. The distance on Seibert’s kicks actually was longer because the goalposts and uprights faced the other field, adding another 5-10 yards to each try.
As for the four kickers that tried out on Wednesday, Stefanski characterized it as the team simply doing its “due diligence.”
Chubb close – Browns running backs coach Stump Mitchell said Thursday that Nick Chubb was close to being cleared to return to practice after suffering a concussion earlier this week.
Mitchell said it was “just a matter of time” before Chubb returns.
Chubb, who is attending and participating in meetings, hasn’t been experiencing any headaches or problems according to Mitchell.
Puppy pound counter – A total of 46 puppies have been adopted so far through six training camp practices from the northeast Ohio SPCA according to the team brining the gran total since 2015 to 541 adoptions.
Injury report – RB Nick Chubb (concussion), P Jamie Gillan (illness), CB Kevin Johnson (liver), DT Larry Ogunjobi (groin), WR Damion Ratley (groin). C JC Tretter (knee) and LB Mack Wilson (knee).