Browns Notes: Jarvis Landry clears concussion protocol, practices

Odell Beckham Jr. and JC Tretter fined, counting on Callaway

Daryl Ruiter
October 04, 2019 - 12:28 pm

Daryl Ruiter-92.3 The Fan

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Berea, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Browns receiver Jarvis Landry has been cleared from the NFL’s concussion protocol and he practiced Friday as preparations continue for a trip to San Francisco Monday night.

“Really glad to get him back,” head coach Freddie Kitchens said. “He is an integral part of the offense, and it is good to have him back. He looked like Jarvis.”

Landry was checked for a concussion and placed in the protocol Sunday in Baltimore after a 29-yard catch and run that followed a shovel pass in the third quarter of the 40-25 victory over the Ravens.

“I got to the sideline and nothing was wrong,” Landry said. “New York called, and that is that.”

Landry finished the afternoon with eight catches for a career-high 167 yards.

Typically, players that get placed in the protocol end up missing at least one game but Landry wasn’t surprised he was able to clear it quickly.

“It was a long process, even after the game and even during the game to go through the concussion protocol,” Landry said. “I had never been through it before so I did not think I would even miss the rest of that game. I thought I would be back that game, but the NFL decided that it was best that I did not go back out there and go through the protocol first.”

Landry is second on the team with 18 catches this season but his 328 yards receiving leads the club through four games.

Landry, who has caught at least two passes in 82 consecutive games, averages a team-high 18.2 yards per catch.

Fine by me – Center JC Tretter confirmed he was fined $14,037 for trying to pull Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey off Odell Beckham Jr. during the third quarter Sunday but he is appealing.

Humphrey appeared to be choking Beckham when Tretter intervened.

“I understand the intent of the rule, usually it’s about pulling somebody off a fumble or pile where you don’t want a situation to escalate but when you got a guy mounted on top of another, choking them,” Tretter said. “If the answer is, we want you to just stand there, then I’ll take the fine for that.

“I didn’t throw a punch. I didn’t escalate the situation anymore; I was there to de-escalate the situation.”

Tretter laughed off the Ravens’ release of a video and article this week in defense of Humphrey.

“I did not watch their Zapruder film, but I did hear that,” Tretter said

“Obviously they're trying to protect their guy, so I get it. I think the film speaks for itself. I think it is pretty obvious what was going on.”

Beckham was also fined, which could be between $35,096 and $70,194 for fighting according to the league’s fine schedule.  

“I told JC I’m going to pay his fine because I didn’t know he got fined,” Beckham said. “And that’s a rule that they’re trying to implement so that people aren’t coming in to pull you off a pile and more fights start and stuff, but it’s just like ‘I’m trying to break it up for my team.’”

Higgins progressing – Rashard Higgins appears to be making progress as he recovers from a knee injury suffered in the Week 1 loss to Tennessee.

“Higgins is getting better,” Kitchens said. “He continues to get better each and every day. He made it a little further along [Friday] so we will see where we are.”

Higgins has either been limited or not practiced at all the previous three weeks but seems to be moving easier on the practice field, but Kitchens declined to say if he thought the receiver was ready for game action.

“I could not even start to answer that yet,” Kitchens said.

Counting on Callaway – Receiver Antonio Callaway appears ready for his first action of the season after serving a four-game ban to begin the year.

“It was hard watching them play,” Callaway said. “It was hard, real hard.”

Callaway, who also suffered a high ankle sprain during training camp, was suspended for a violation of the NFL’s policy on substances of abuse.

“I made a choice, and it cost me,” Callaway said.

He’ll return punts Monday.

“Callaway looks good. He needs to continue to try and build his endurance,” Kitchens said. “There is a difference between endurance and in shape. He is in good shape, but endurance is being able to play play after play after play after play, and you need endurance more than anything in the game of football.”

Still out – Starting cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams will likely miss their third consecutive game with hamstring injuries.

Both players were idle once again Friday.

Injury report – DNP: CB Denzel Ward (hamstring), CB Greedy Williams (hamstring), OT Kendall Lamm (knee).

Limited: S Morgan Burnett (quadriceps), WR Rashard Higgins (knee), S Sheldrick Redwine (hamstring), RT Chris Hubbard (foot).

Full: WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hip), K Austin Seibert (hip), WR Jarvis Landry (concussion/shoulder).