So...the Cleveland Browns’ 2017 season is already off to a rousing start it seems. First, we have Myles Garrett hurting his ankle on Wednesday. Now, on Thursday, we have all hell breaking loose in Berea, to the point where a veteran player has been ejected from the organization.
Before you worry about it being a key contributor, don’t. Thursday afternoon, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network was the first to report that the Browns were releasing safety Calvin Pryor after “a fight with a teammate before practice.”
Sources: #Browns are expected to release S Calvin Pryor just a few days before the opener after a fight with a teammate before practice.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 7, 2017
A little bit later, Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network reported that WR Ricardo Louis was the teammate who Pryor was fighting with. During practice, reporters noted that Pryor was not present, while Louis was.
After practice, head coach Hue Jackson would only say that Pryor had been released "for an internal matter." He said that he hopes Louis will not be released as a result of the incident; the fact that he was present at practice probably plays to his favor. Also playing in to his favor is that the team allowed Louis to speak after practice, where he echoed Jackson’s comment about this being an “internal matter.”
Jackson said they will probably promote from within to fill Pryor’s spot, which means that safety Kai Nacua should receive a quick call-up from the practice squad. Pryor had been running with the third-team defense most of camp, so his departure doesn’t impact much of what the team will do on defense.