The Cleveland Browns made a lot of changes at the wide receiver position this offseason, but the whole picture hasn't come together yet due to injuries. Two of the team's four veteran receivers that were signed -- WR Miles Austin and WR Nate Burleson -- were both still on the sidelines during the Browns' OTA session on Wednesday.
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Burleson will still be out until training camp with a fractured arm, but Austin is basically good-to-go right now. Given his injury history, head coach Mike Pettine just doesn't want to push his luck with Austin yet:
(On if Browns WR Miles Austin is closer to practicing): "Yeah, every day. Before we finish up with workouts here, he’ll be out there. We just wanted to take it slow with him. We don’t have a game until September, and given his history, we just wanted to be extra cautious with him."
Pettine also provided updates on WR Travis Benjamin and WR Charles Johnson, saying that both players are expected to be back in time for the start of training camp in late-July. If they aren't back in time, those are the only two players who can be placed on the physically unable to perform list, since they are coming off of ACL injuries.
"The question on (Browns WR) Charles (Johnson), we anticipate him to be ready for the start of training camp, him and (Browns WR) Travis (Benjamin) both. Those two would be the only ones that potentially could start on PUP (physically unable to perform), but at this point, I think it looks pretty good that they’ll both be able to start training camp."
Pettine said that every player on the team is expected to be ready for training camp, so that would include the likes of OT Chris Faulk, DL Ahtyba Rubin, and DL Desmond Bryant.