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Slew of Browns players set to miss minicamp

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More injury news coming from Berea, Ohio, as Jamie Collins Jr., Mychal Kendricks, Antonio Callaway, Chad Thomas, and Britton Colquitt are unlikely to participate in the team’s summer minicamp.

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Early injuries to monitor at the Cleveland Browns’ mandatory summer minicamp include Jamie Collins Jr., Mychal Kendricks, Britton Colquitt, and rookies Antonio Callaway and Chad Thomas.

Collins, Kendricks and Callaway were on the field working with trainers on Tuesday, although coach Hue Jackson said he doesn’t anticipate the trio will participate at all in the team’s minicamp.

Jackson doesn’t think any of their injuries will linger and prevent their participation in the team’s late-July training camp.

“There is no rush. I think we are definitely going to have them back for training camp. I do not think there are going to be any issues whatsoever when we start. I think that we have got to take it slow with those guys. We do not want all of a sudden for them to do something and have a setback. But we are really, really close to having those guys be out there.”

Meanwhile, Thomas and Colquitt have both been ruled out for the minicamp after undergoing recent surgeries, the team announced. Colquitt had a procedure done to repair a knee injury, and Thomas underwent sports hernia surgery.

The news included an interesting note about would-be sophomore cornerback Howard Wilson, who missed all of his rookie season, and is now out for the 2018 season. Check out Chris Pokorny’s breakdown of Wilson’s condition and future.

It’s important for newcomers like the rookies and Kendricks to get in as many reps as possible in the summer, but the real installations and important practices are on the horizon. The big-picture thinkers will find it hard to see how their absences during the three-day minicamp will affect things, but it’s nonetheless important we follow their progress leading up to and after they return to the field.