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Notes: Jerry Jeudy misses minicamp practice with injury

BEREA — The Browns’ top two receivers weren’t on the field for the first day of minicamp.

While No. 1 wideout Amari Cooper decided not to attend as he enters the final year of his contract, Jerry Jeudy stayed inside the team facility as he deals with an undisclosed injury.

“Just working through some things, but he’s here,” coach Kevin Stefanski said Tuesday after practice.

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Jeudy, 25, was acquired from Denver in a March trade. The Browns quickly signed him to a three-year, $52.5 million extension that runs through 2027.

Jeudy participated in some of the organized team activities that led into the three-day minicamp.

He was the No. 15 pick of the Broncos in 2020 out of the University of Alabama. In four years in Denver, he started 44 of 57 games played and caught 211 passes for 3,053 yards, a 14.5 average and 11 touchdowns.

Stefanski said missing Jeudy and Cooper, who didn’t attend OTAs, doesn’t keep the coaches from putting in the offense.

Amari Cooper skips first day of minicamp, as he enters last year of contract

“It doesn’t really impact your installation,” he said. “We’ve been installing all the way back to April, so we really have our schedule and we’re getting everybody up to speed and the guys are working hard at it, but that doesn’t really affect that.”

Quarterback Deshaun Watson looks forward to having Cooper and Jeudy back on the field but isn’t worried about the missed time. He plans to throw to them during the break before training camp.

“Guys got to make sure they take care of different things and Jeudy’s another guy who’s been here mentally and taking mental reps but making sure he’s taking care of his body, too,” Watson said. “And the staff knows exactly what they need to do for him and I just can’t wait until we all get together and we have a lot of reps during training camp. And, especially this offseason, we’re all in the same area so we’ll be good.”

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Linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah is eligible for a contract extension as he enters the final year of his rookie deal. He made the Pro Bowl for the first time last season after totaling 101 tackles, 20 for loss, 3.5 sacks, two interceptions, six passes defensed and a forced fumble.

Owusu-Koramoah said he’s not spending much time thinking about getting an extension before the season.

“My agents really handle those things,” he said. “If they are negotiating, they’ll contact me and they’ll give me certain things like, ‘what are you looking for?’ But I don’t give much thought to it. It’s really about ball.”

The Browns traded up to draft him at No. 52 in the second round in 2021. They’ve made it a priority to keep young, homegrown talent.

INJURY REPORT

Safety D’Anthony Bell also stayed inside due to an undisclosed injury.

Left guard Joel Bitonio, right tackle Jack Conklin, left tackle Jedrick Wills Jr., cornerback Cameron Mitchell, running back/returner Nyheim Hines and receiver/returner James Proche II worked on the side. Bitonio had a variety of injuries last season, Conklin and Hines are coming off torn anterior cruciate ligaments and Wills had surgery to repair a torn medial collateral ligament.

Stefanski didn’t provide timetables for returns of the injured, but Bitonio, Wills and Hines are expected to be ready at or near the start of training camp in late July. Conklin was hurt in the opener last year and may need more time.

“Another guy who’s attacking rehab, doing everything in his power, doing a nice job in the weight room, and then getting him out here, obviously, is a big deal just to be around his teammates,” Stefanski said. “But he’s doing everything that we’re asking of him, including doing a great job in the meeting room.”

NEW KID IN TOWN

Defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson practiced for the first time with the Browns after signing as a free agent and skipping OTAs. He’s entering his ninth season and had six sacks last year with the Jets.

“Been amazing. He was out there doing some good work today, some good techniques,” defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson said. “He brings a lot to the room, just from his experience.”

The Browns are deep at defensive tackle with Tomlinson, Jefferson, second-round rookie Mike Hall Jr., Shelby Harris, Maurice Hurst Jr. and Siaki Ika, a third-round pick in 2023.

ALL HANDS ON DECK

The Browns continued to practice the new kickoff and used a variety of skill position players as returners.

Receivers Elijah Moore, Cedric Tillman and Jamari Thrash and running backs Jerome Ford, Pierre Strong Jr. and D’Onta Foreman have taken reps deep as the rules call for two returners.

Stefanski said All-Pro defensive end Myles Garrett raised his hand Monday night during a meeting to volunteer for return duty.

EXTRA POINTS

Garrett, safeties Rodney McLeod and Juan Thornhill, tight end David Njoku and Tomlinson were among the veterans who practiced after skipping OTAs.

** Cornerback Denzel Ward broke up a back-shoulder throw from Watson to Moore.

** Jameis Winston connected with Ford on a deep route down the right sideline.

** Ford made another good catch for a touchdown on a throw from Dorian Thompson-Robinson.

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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