While fans hope to see a well-oiled machine in training camp and preseason, NFL franchises care almost only about entering the regular season healthy. The Cleveland Browns have already seen their fair share of injuries or injury scares, WR Elijah Moore getting X-Rays during the team’s second preseason game for example.
LB Jacob Phillips and WR Michael Woods II will likely miss the season and WR Marquise Goodwin is dealing with blood clots that leave his season up in the air.
While those three may not be considered stars or starters, the atrophy on the roster is real when injuries pile up.
During the first day of joint practices with the Philadelphia Eagles a much bigger concern has raised its head with OT Jack Conklin entering the medical tent and then heading to the locker room:
Jack Conklin just walked inside the facility with medical personnel after a quick visit to the medical tent #Browna— Ashley Bastock (@AshleyBastock42) August 14, 2023
Then, even bigger, DE Myles Garrett walked off the field with trainers:
Myles Garrett now leaving the field with trainers. Walking on his own.— Zac Jackson (@AkronJackson) August 14, 2023
Shortly after that, CB Denzel Ward walked off with the medical staff:
Ward was taken into the injury tent that’s just off the main field. He’s still in there. No updates on him or anyone else to this point. https://t.co/banBaA75dJ— Zac Jackson (@AkronJackson) August 14, 2023
According to The Weather Channel, it is currently 88 degrees, feels like 91 degrees with 46% humidity in Philadelphia. Heat and humidity can be a concern for players, especially after traveling.
Browns HC Kevin Stefanski spoke with the media prior to today’s practice so we may not get much official information about any of the above injuries until tomorrow.
Cleveland has provided information on the specific injuries:
Per Browns, Myles Garrett left w foot injury, Jack Conklin possible concussion, Denzel Ward illness.— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) August 14, 2023
Looks like good news for Garrett and Ward, according to a couple of reports:
Myles Garrett is carrying his own stuff to the bus and posing for pictures with kids. Fair guess that he’s OK.— Zac Jackson (@AkronJackson) August 14, 2023
Talked with multiple sources who said both Garrett and Ward will be fine. One source said Garrett got nicked in the back of the leg and going in was precautionary— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) August 14, 2023
Despite that report, both Ward and Conklin were seen walking to the team bus with medical staff:
Myles Garrett would be the biggest injury but between Jack Conklin and Denzel Ward, which is more important to the Browns this season?