BEREA, OH - Welcome to the summer of the trainers.
The Browns have seen way more than their share of injuries during this camp in Berea. On Monday, two starting offensive players went down at the end of drills. Soon they would be spending the bulk of their time with trainers in an effort to get back on the field.
However, on Monday, the sight of 8-time Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas walking off the field took many by surprise. Thomas, it seems has never been injured. He has never even missed a snap in his career.
Thomas was rolled up on during a play. He immediately was escorted to the training facility, walking with a slight limp. “I don’t think it's anything serious”, said coach Mike Pettine. To be sure, Thomas will be thoroughly checked out.
“There's cornerstone guys. Joe has been effective for a long time, and you want to make sure you take care of those guys. So, I am hoping Joe is okay,” said linebacker Paul Kruger.
Also coming up awkward after a pass play was starting receiver Brian Hartline. He was noticeably limping, but kept walking to calm down the injury.
The Browns' first exhibition game is Thursday night at FirstEnergyStadium against the Washington Redskins. The training staff will be working overtime to get the injured players onto the field.