Browns notebook By Mike McLain
MISSING IN ACTION:?CLEVELAND – Tight end Jordan Cameron missed practice Monday for an undisclosed reason, and coach Mike Pettine didn’t appear happy.
It’s not known if Pettine was upset because of Cameron’s absence or because he was being asked about a player who didn’t practice.
“He’s just dealing with an issue,” Pettine said. “He was excused today.”
Cameron bruised a shoulder and missed practice time and the first preseason game. Cameron played against the Redskins and Rams and didn’t appear to suffer an injury during either of the games.
Like all coaches, Pettine doesn’t like to answer injury-related questions. He was a bit tense when asked if Cameron’s absence is related to the shoulder injury.
“He was excused from practice,” Pettine said. “I won’t go into any other detail other than that.”
Pettine said it’s possible that the absence could be a one-day thing.
SETTLING IN: Rookie inside linebacker Chris Kirksey continues to impress the coaching staff. While Pettine talked about a shared role between Kirksey and Craig Robertson, it’s going to be difficult to keep Kirksey off the field if he continues to improve.
Never shy to talk up his talents, veteran linebacker Karlos Dansby compared Kirksey to himself. Kirksey has relied on Dansby during this important time.
“I just ask him how he recognizes plays so fast, or what he’s looking for when he watches film,” Kirksey said. “Things like that to give me an edge.”
Kirksey is anxious to be on the same field as former Ohio State and now Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier in the opener. Shazier has been more publicized as a first-round draft choice, but Kirksey, a third-round pick from the University of Iowa, is OK with receiving less attention.
“I’m actually friends with him,” Kirksey said. “He was a great player for Ohio State, and he’s a great player for Pittsburgh. For me, I’m just a Cleveland Brown trying to make a name for myself. I wish him the best, and hopefully he does the same for me.”
STANDING TALL: Second-year defensive lineman Armonty Bryant is listed with the first team on the depth chart. He’s moved ahead of Billy Winn, who’s lost ground while battling through an injury.
Bryant has been the lone bright spot for an anemic pass rush. He has one sack but has several pressures, including one that resulted in a season-ending injury to Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.
Bryant appeared to pull away from Bradford to avoid a late hit after the ball was released.
“I saw him throw the ball, and as soon as I made contact I fell off of him,” Bryant said. “I didn’t want to take him to the ground.”
The plan was to use Bryant as a pass rusher on a situational basis. His play against the run has improved to the point that Pettine is comfortable using him on base and short-yardage plays.
LET GO: Browns general manager Ray Farmer announced the release of defensive back Royce Adams, running back Edwin Baker, offensive lineman Randall Harris, defensive back T.J. Heath, defensive lineman Cam Henderson, receiver Jonathan Krause, offensive lineman Ryan Lee, linebacker Caleb McSurdy, offensive lineman Keavon Milton, linebacker Keith Pough, receiver Tim Smith, offensive lineman Jeremiah Warren and tight end Martell Webb.
Receiver Anthony Armstrong’s contract was terminated. The Browns added offensive linemen Karim Barton and Donald Hawkins via waivers from Philadelphia.
ON THE MEND: Not able to practice Monday were cornerback Buster Skrine (thumb), defensive lineman Desmond Bryant (wrist), linebacker Eric Martin (concussion), linebacker Darius Eubanks (shoulder), cornerback Joe Haden (foot), cornerback Pierre Desir (knee) and cornerback Isaiah Trufant (knee). Haden, Desir and Trufant worked out on stationary bikes.