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Latest injury updates on Browns’ Danny Shelton, Danny Vitale; Cam Johnson returns

Good news for one defensive end, and Joel Bitonio is on track for a Week 1 recovery.

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On Monday, Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Danny Shelton returned to the practice field, per Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland...or did he?

(Rubs eyes) Wait a minute...Shelton looks a lot smaller. Did he go on the Joe Schobert diet?

Ha! So, Shelton did not return to practice. After practice, though, head coach Hue Jackson remained confident that Shelton, Cameron Erving, and Joel Bitonio will all be ready for Week 1 and are on schedule with their recoveries:

“I think really good, but you are going to have to ask somebody. Every time I say that, something falls off the wagon. No, I think those guys are on schedule. I feel good about those guys. We will see, but that is the hope.”

Here are some other injury updates:

  • FB Danny Vitale suffered an ankle injury during the Bucs game and “will be out for a little bit,” per Jackson. Tight end J.P. Holtz saw some work at fullback against Tampa after Vitale exited.
  • DL Nate Orchard (groin) remained out during Monday’s practice.
  • DL Cam Johnson (knee) returned to practice after being out several weeks.
  • FS Ed Reynolds appears to be working his way back, but isn’t ready to practice yet. SS Ibraheim Campbell did not play against the Bucs, but is practicing. He left the first preseason game after the second play with a concussion.