Cleveland Browns fans should be pleased to hear that three big-name players returned to the practice field on Wednesday: cornerback Joe Haden, free safety Tashaun Gipson, and wide receiver Terrelle Pryor.
The return of Haden and Gipson is a welcome relief for the defense, as it likely means the entire starting unit will be available for the third preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday. It should be the starters' final game together until the regular season opener against the Jets.
The return that fans are most interested in might be Pryor's, who is treading on thin ice when it comes to his roster spot. The feeling is that he has a lot of potential at the position, but his recurring hamstring issues have prevented him from playing in the first two preseason games. After today's practice, head coach Mike Pettine was asked how Pryor handled his first practice back. "We had him on a count," said Pettine. "He got to his number and we shut him down, but it was good to have him out there."
Pettine was also asked if he was hopeful that Pryor could suit up this Saturday:
"Hopeful is a good word. We will see how he responded to the work today coming off of the off day’s workload today. Wasn’t ideal to have guys back and have the field be slick, but there weren’t any issues with it. Hopefully we can get him out there tomorrow and if he makes it through tomorrow he should be good to go for Saturday."
Quarterback Johnny Manziel might be shut down for this Saturday's preseason game due to his sore elbow, which you can read more about here.