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Perrion Winfrey inactive after being held out of practice Friday for disciplinary reasons

CLEVELAND — Perrion Winfrey’s behavior cost him a game.

The rookie defensive tackle was held out of practice Friday for disciplinary reasons and will be a healthy scratch today for the home opener vs. the Jets.

Kickoff is at 1 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium.

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The Browns elevated defensive tackle Roderick Perry on Saturday and he’ll take Winfrey’s spot as No. 4 in the rotation behind Jordan Elliott, Taven Bryan and Tommy Togiai.

Right tackle Jack Conklin, a two-time All-Pro, is inactive for the second straight week to start the season as he returns from surgery in December to repair a torn patellar tendon. Coach Kevin Stefanski said Friday that Conklin is “really, really close” to playing.

The Browns host the Steelers on Thursday night, so the quick turnaround was likely a factor in Conklin being inactive.

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James Hudson III will start in his place for the second straight week. He played well in the 26-24 opening win over the Panthers in Carolina.

“When Jack is ready, he will be out there,” Stefanski said. “James acquitted himself well in that Game 1. He was good in the run game. He was good in his pass pro. When he had one-on-ones, he was pretty good. Plays with effort. Plays physical. He did a nice job.”

Tackle Chris Hubbard (illness) was ruled out Friday.

Running back D’Ernest Johnson, rookie receiver Michael Woods II, No. 3 quarterback Kellen Mond and safety Richard LeCounte III are inactive for the second straight week.

Rookie fifth-round pick Jerome Ford will be the third running back and return kickoffs.

Winfrey, a fourth-round pick out of Oklahoma, played five of 53 defensive snaps in the opener. He tipped a pass and didn’t make a tackle.

“At the end of the day he’s got to learn how to be a pro, and Kevin took it into his own hands and he felt like that was the right thing to do,” captain and defensive end Myles Garrett said Friday. “I’m behind my coach’s actions fully.”

Garrett said Winfrey’s issues were obvious.

“His actions were very apparent,” he said.

Stefanski refused to get into specifics of Winfrey’s behavior or the length of the discipline.

“Not going to get into any more detail,” he said.

For the Jets, tight end C.J. Uzomah, quarterback Zach Wilson, receiver Denzel Mims, cornerback Bryce Hall, defensive linemen Conor McDermott and Bryce Huff and tight end Lawrence Cager are inactive.

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