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Kevin Stefanski says LT Jedrick Wills “sore,” too early to tell if he can play Thursday night

Rookie left tackle Jedrick Wills left the 38-6 opening loss to the Ravens on Sunday with a leg injury but has a chance to be back in the lineup Thursday night against the Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Coach Kevin Stefanski confirmed Monday that X-rays were negative.

“He’s sore,” Stefanski said of Wills, the No. 10 pick out of the University of Alabama.

Stefanski said it was too early to tell if he’ll be able to face the Bengals.


The Browns and Bengals were required to put out an injury report later Monday, with the teams estimating what the participation would’ve been if they’d practiced. Wills was listed as limited.

Wills was a right tackle in high school and college. Without a preseason, Sunday was his first game action at left tackle.

He was penalized for holding but otherwise received a passing grade.

“I felt like Jedrick was good,” Stefanski said. “Can always be better. There’s some things we want to clean up with him technique-wise. But I would say it was a solid first outing.”

He added center JC Tretter made it through the game in his comeback from knee surgery Aug. 13.

“Sore but made it through just fine,” Stefanski said.


Tight end David Njoku was placed on injured reserve after leaving the game Sunday with a knee injury. He’s expected to return after missing the required three games.

“Lil pit stop. Back in a couple weeks,” he posted on Instagram.

ESPN reported he has a sprained medial collateral ligament.

Due to roster uncertainty given the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL is allowing players on IR to return this season after missing as few as three weeks. And there’s no limit to the number of players who can return from IR.

In the past, only two players could come back in a season and they had to miss at least eight games.

Njoku had three catches for 50 yards Sunday, including a 1-yard touchdown, which was the 10th of his career. He was the No. 29 pick in 2017.

** The Browns listed right tackle Jack Conklin (ankle/finger) as didn’t participate on the estimated injury report. He played all 73 snaps Sunday after signing a three-year, $42 million deal as a free agent.

** Stefanski didn’t provide an update on rookie linebacker Jacob Phillips, a third-round pick, but he’s expected to miss time after leaving the game with a knee injury. His right leg was immobilized following the game. He was listed as DNP.

** Cornerbacks Greedy Williams (shoulder) and Kevin Johnson (lacerated liver) and linebacker Mack Wilson were also listed as DNP. They were inactive vs. the Ravens and haven’t practiced in weeks.

** Defensive end Olivier Vernon (abdomen) was added to the injury list and listed as limited.

** Offensive lineman Chris Hubbard (ankle) was upgraded to limited after missing more than two weeks of practice. He could be needed with the injuries to Wills and Conklin. Kendall Lamm replaced Wills on Sunday.


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