BEREA, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – A difficult week on the injury front for the Browns ended with some positive signs.
Defensive end Myles Garrett and running back Nick Chubb both participated in team 11-on-11 drills Saturday afternoon, albeit on a limited basis for both.
Garrett returned to practice on Thursday but was limited to individual work after a hamstring injury kept him out of the first five practices.
“It is certainly boring just standing around – I hate it – but I love supporting my teammates so it kind of works both ways,” Garret said prior to Saturday’s practice during a Zoom video conference call with reporters. “I try to get hyped. I try to get just as excited as they are when there are big plays on the field, but it is definitely nice to be out there.”
The injury, which occurred while Garrett was running, stunned him.
“It was out of the blue,” Garrett said. “I kind of knew when I did it because I had never felt anything like it. It felt uncomfortable. I got over it pretty quick, and I am hoping to get in on what the guys are doing on the defensive side.”
Chubb missed the previous four practices after suffering a concussion last Sunday when linebacker Mack Wilson tackled him near the neck area.
He was cleared to return Saturday.
“With injuries with all of our guys, we want it to be as quick as possible for them for their health, and obviously, Nick being no different,” head coach Kevin Stefanski said prior to practice. “Followed all the protocols, he is feeling good and excited to have him back out there.”
Chubb showed no signs of lingering effects as he ran the ball with ease every time he touched it Saturday.
Class is in session – Now that he is back, Garrett plans to take rookie left tackle Jedrick Wills to school to prepare him for what he is about to face at this level.
“I would just like to introduce him to the NFL and how things are going to be,” Garrett said.
Garrett has already noticed a habit of Wills’ he intends to try and break – Wills has shown signs of discouragement during practice.
“I do not want to him get discouraged or put his head down,” Garrett said.
Although Garrett wants to build Wills’ confidence, he doesn’t plan to take it easy on the No. 10 overall pick either.
“Oh, no. Nobody ever learns when you dial it back,” Garrett said.
“I am going to give him whatever I have so he can get that feel of a good defensive end coming off on him and what he is supposed to be on him.”
Play of the day – Baker Mayfield rolled to his right, slammed on the breaks and threw left to a wide-open tight end Austin Hooper who took it the final 20 yards for a 55-yard touchdown.
Notable quotable – Kevin Stefanski’s love of the fullback has been on display during training camp and Andy Janovich doesn’t understand why they’re rarely used leaguewide.
“Some people just don’t like fullbacks, I guess,” Janovich said Saturday. “I don’t know. I think they are pretty awesome, and everybody should have at least three of them or something like that.”
Roster move – The Browns signed defensive tackle Ricky Walker Saturday.
Walker is listed at 6-2, 301 pounds and officially in his first NFL season out of Virginia Tech. Originally signed by Dallas as an undrafted free agent and waived during final roster cuts in 2019, Walker played for the Tampa Bay Vipers of the XFL last year.
Puppy pound counter – Through one week of training camp, 55 puppies have been adopted from the northeast Ohio SPCA. Since the program’s launch in 2015, 550 adoptions have been made.
Injury report – WR KhaDarel Hodge (personal), CB Kevin Johnson (liver), DE Robert McCray (eye), TE David Njoku (wrist), DT Larry Ogunjobi (groin), WR Damion Ratley (groin). C JC Tretter (knee) and LB Mack Wilson (knee) did not practice Saturday.
C Casey Dunn (foot) and WR Donovan Peoples-Jones (heat) left practice early.