5 things: Robert Griffin III expected to return to practice, still facing 'hurdle' to play


  1. One more hurdle**

Robert Griffin III will be able to return to practice next week, head coach Hue Jackson said Friday, but the Browns quarterback must pass one more medical exam to be cleared to play.

Griffin, who was placed on injured reserve after Week 1, was cleared for non-contact activities earlier this week.

2. Hit the ground running

Jamie Collins Sr., who was acquired via a trade with the Patriots earlier this month, has quickly established himself as one of Cleveland's top defenders. "He walked in here and hit the ground running. He has played in two football games and I think everybody can see the potential that he has, so I think the more he is with us, the more he is with our coaches, the more he is with his teammates, the better he is going to be," Jackson said. [


](​Collins, a Pro Bowl selection who led New England in tackles in 2014 and 2015, notched nine tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack against the Ravens last week. "He is versatile, he can play a lot of different spots, so it gives us a lot of flexibility," Jackson said. "To me it would be a coup if we can keep him here."

Jackson also praised Collins for his work ethic on the field and in the film room, saying he's embraced Cleveland and what he can offer a defense that's still growing and developing.

3. Pryor healing up nicely

Limited at times in practice over the past few weeks, Browns receiver Terrelle Pryor looks close to shaking off a nagging hamstring injury he suffered last month against the Titans.

"I think he is getting further removed from when he first got the injury to where he is today, and I think we have done a great job of managing it to make sure he is out there, and he has done a great job," Jackson said.

"He has been out there because he has wanted to be out there. I am talking about playing and practicing. Terrelle has not missed anything. Every now and then, we might back off of him a little bit, but he has been a trooper that way. He has done a great job."

4. The Antonio Brown 'car'

Not that there was any doubt, but the Browns made it known they have respect for Steelers receiver Antonio Brown, who has become one of the league's best players over the past few seasons.  

"He has undeniable determination to play the game and to be the best on the field each and every week. He's trying to embarrass you, let's be honest," Jackson said. "He wants to catch every football ... he plays with an unbelievable passion and fire in his belly."

Brown, who has 69 catches for 831 yards and seven touchdowns, has proven to be a challenge for Cleveland's defenses in the past. He's also made himself an asset on special teams as Pittsburgh's punt returner.

"If you were buying a car and you went into the dealership and said, 'I want the total package,'" special teams coordinator Chris Tabor said, "they would roll out the Antonio Brown car. He's a good player."

5. Same old Steelers

Pittsburgh's typically stout defense ranks 25th this year and has struggled, at times, to slow down opposing ground games. But Browns run game coordinator and running backs coach Kirby Wilson shrugged those dynamics off, saying "quite frankly, they look like the same old Steelers to me."

"They are pretty salty up front, they have big people. They have some really good size in their interior defensive line, and that front seven is the strength of their defense.

"They have had some long runs on them recently and other teams have had success, but we think that that is not their character. Their character is they control the line of scrimmage, they close every gap, and they make it extremely difficult for you to run the football."

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