Joel Bitonio becomes a human bobblehead; Anthony Schwartz injured: What happened on Day 2 of Browns training camp

BEREA, Ohio — Joel Bitonio now has a good idea of ​​what his bobblehead will look like when the time comes.

He was a life-size human version of the mini-statue on Thursday in training when he wore the new Guardian protective cap over his helmet for concussion prevention.

Bitonio is one of the groups required to wear the caps during practice through Game 2 of the preseason due to a joint decision by the NFL and the NFL Players Association. Position groups include offensive line, defensive line, tight ends, and linebackers.

“I already have a big head, so my head is going to be even more bobbleheaded,” Bitonio said. “You learn to ride with it.”

Seriously, Bitonio is all about making the game safer.

“We all have these concussion issues and you see guys unfortunately later in life – and football I think most guys know the danger – so if there’s a way I just laughed at that, but if there’s a way to protect the head when you can, I think that’s a positive move,” he said. “I’m not a guy who’s going to like to headbang everything the game anyway.

“I try to use technique and hands and shoulders and different levers instead of your head. I know some guys like it I guess, but for me I like to keep my head out of the way as much as possible. Sometimes you gotta do it, that’s football but that’s another thing you can add to protect the players we try to keep the players safe and we want the guys to live long and happy lives and if it helps a bit to wear a Guardian helmet for a few weeks, I think it’s worth it.

The rookies wore them last week when it was just them and the quarterbacks at camp, but offered no comment.

“I think guys are open to that,” Kevin Stefanski said. “Like everything, I’m sure there’s going to be [some] get used to it… I think it will probably become the norm in our game.”

Anthony Schwartz leaves with a knee injury

Schwartz, trying to bounce back from his rocky rookie year, left practice with a left knee injury and did not return. It happened during a course without defenders. He will undergo further evaluation, which will likely include an MRI or other imaging tests.

With rookie David Bell (foot) on PUP for a few weeks, the Browns are getting a bit short of position. But if they don’t add someone, it will give young players like sixth-round pick Michael Woods II and undrafted rookie Isaiah Weston a chance for more reps.

Bell, who should be back in a few weeks, has been working on the side with a trainer.

Other injuries

The following players did not practice: WR David Bell (foot), T Jack Conklin (knee), DT Sheldon Day (back), LB Anthony Walker Jr. (groin), CB Denzel Ward (foot) and WR Javon Wims ( sickness ).

The Browns practiced away

The Browns worked outdoors for the first time after moving indoors Wednesday due to rain. They always worked at a step-by-step pace, without attack versus defense. It was the second of three consecutive practices closed to the public, with fans being welcomed in on Saturday. The first day in the pads will be Tuesday.


* Amari Cooper has spoken of having a chip on his shoulder after being traded by the Cowboys for a fifth-round pick.

“Getting traded and stuff like that is motivating,” he said. “If you don’t have a chip on your shoulder then what do you have, even if you’re not traded or released by a team. There should always be some type of motivating factor there. -down.

* John Johnson III feels better chemistry than last season, his first with the Browns

“It’s very different, like the atmosphere is much better,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s just me but everyone feels the same vibe like we have a lot of guys back, that continuity is huge especially in defense so it’s fun and we take advantage of that and we can’t wait to get out on the pitch.”

They said it

Cooper, on managing the QB rotation:

“Like I said, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who’s out there, if I open up, it’s going to be easy for them. If I don’t open up, it’s going to be hard for them. “Every time I push the line of scrimmage I try to create as much separation as possible. I just watch a ball spiral towards me at the end of the day.

John Johnson III on Grant Delpit and the three safeties, including Ronnie Harrison Jr.:

“I mean, (Delpit) might be one of the best, period,” Johnson said. “In the game we had today, our safeties aren’t really mentioned in those high-level safeties, so I think it’s an opportunity for us. We know each other and we feed off each other and I think we can be the best line in the league and I can’t wait to be there.

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