Browns notes: Josh Gordon returns to practice Monday

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell remains a no show in Pittsburgh

Daryl Ruiter
September 03, 2018 - 12:02 pm
Browns receiver Josh Gordon returned to practice on Sept. 3, 2018

Daryl Ruiter-92.3 The Fan

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Berea, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Josh Gordon has earned his stripes, along with his 52 other teammates.

Gordon was on the practice field for the first time since the veteran minicamp in June Monday morning as the Browns turn their attention to their Week 1 opponent the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Gordon ran through drills with ease and showed no effects of the hamstring injury that delayed his return a week ago.

“Good. Good. He's a big guy. Can catch and run,” Jackson said when asked how Gordon looked. “It was good just to have him back out there with his guys running around catching balls.”

Gordon won’t start against the Steelers and Gordon’s reps seemed to reflect that as he was one of the last to run through the drills in practice.

“He did what we asked him to do today, which is good,” Jackson said. “He's right on schedule to where I think he should be by the time we get ready to play.”

Gordon returned from a leave of absence on Aug. 18 after announcing July 23 he would not report on time to camp.

Jackson hardly noticed Gordon missed time as he watched him work Monday.

“He’s very talented, so it doesn't look like he’s missed anything but at the same time we know he has so he’s gotta get himself ready to play football,” Jackson said. “And again, I don't know by Sunday if he'll be exactly ready just to play football as I said before, he's not gonna start the game and we'll kinda go from there but he's gonna play.”

Welcome back – In addition to Gordon, 3 others returned to practice.

Free safety Damarious Randall, linebacker Genard Avery and tight end Seth DeValve were on the field and Jackson expects the three to be available Sunday.

“Everybody should be up and ready to go,” Jackson said.

Randall had a second opinion on his knee that locked up on him during warmups prior to the preseason game against the Eagles while Avery is back from a hip injury and DeValve a quad injury that kept him out for most of training camp.

Number change – running back Nick Chubb has changed his jersey from 31 to 24 the team announced.

Bell no show – Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell remains a holdout with Pittsburgh and his availability this week in Cleveland remains doubtful.

“We are disappointed Le'Veon Bell has not signed his franchise tender and rejoined his teammates,” Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said in a statement. “(We) will continue to focus on preparing the players on our roster for our regular season opener Sunday against the Browns.”

Regardless of the problems in Pittsburgh between Bell and the Steelers, Jackson is preparing for and expecting to see the 3-time Pro Bowl and 2-time All-Pro back on the field Sunday.

“It has nothing to do with us, but I plan for him being there,” Jackson said. “I just thing we have to play…we’re playing a really good Steelers offense, a really good Steelers team and he’s one of those ‘B’ brothers so at the end of the day I anticipate him being there.”

You said it – Left guard or left tackle Joel Bitonio provided the perfect response when he was asked about all the optimism surrounding the team entering the season, and the expectation from some players that they'll make the playoffs. 

“That's a long ways away,” Bitonio said. “We've gotta win some f***ing games before we talk about playoffs and things like that. I'm ready for Pittsburgh Week 1 and we'll go from there.”

Practice squad – The Browns practice squad was announced Monday: OL Christian DiLauro, DL Daniel Ekuale, DL Zaycoven Henderson, RB Dontrell Hilliard, DB Montreal Meander, DB Tigie Sankoh, WR Da’Mari Scott, OL Kyle Kalis, DB Jeremiah McKinnon, LB Brady Sheldon and TE Pharoah McKever.

Kalis and McKever are newcomers while Sankoh is an international player so he doesn’t count against their 10-man limit.

Injury report – CB EJ Gaines (knee), LB James Burgess (concussion) did not practice.