SAD SIGHT: Colts receiver Daurice Fountain wailed as he lay on the ground. Players and coaches from both teams, Colts owner Jim Irsay and Browns chaplain Robert Brooks tried to comfort and console him as his left leg was put in an air cast and he was eventually driven off the field and taken to a hospital.
He dislocated and fractured the ankle, according to multiple reports.
NEWS OF THE DAY: The Fountain injury cast a pall over practice for a while, but it didn’t stop the teams from fighting throughout. Browns linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong was the headliner of the featured bout, throwing several violent punches.
CAMPER OF THE DAY: Browns receiver Jaelen Strong opened practice with a good catch over cornerback Quincy Wilson during one-on-ones. He never stopped making plays.
He had touchdowns in one-on-ones and seven-on-sevens, then made his best catch on a 29-yard go route down the left sideline from Baker Mayfield in the team two-minute drill. He dived to make the play and held on despite rookie cornerback Rock Ya-Sin having a fistful of his jersey.
Strong is battling for a roster spot and could add a physical presence with his 6-foot-2, 220-pound frame.
“He could potentially bring that to the group because he is a physical guy when he wants to be,” he said. “We just need it every day. I want to know every day what I am going to get.”
PLAY OF THE DAY: Nick Chubb took the first-down handoff, headed through the hole over left guard, made a subtle cut to the right and was gone for a 65-yard touchdown that fired up Mayfield and the rest of the offense. There was no tackling during the practice, but it looked like a touchdown.
“I think we know, and I think they know,” Kitchens said of the Colts.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m excited for the direction we’re moving in. I can see it. I can feel it from you guys. I can feel it from the fans. I can feel it from this team. They’re excited about this season. First time being in the stadium, I can feel that energy. I told you I’m an empath. I can really feel that. So I know that they’re ready. I know we’re going to be ready when it’s time.” — Receiver Odell Beckham Jr., on the state of the team after the two days with the Colts.
FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE: No practice. The Browns play the Colts on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium.