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Need to Know: Browns safety will miss 'significant time' after knee injury

Day 4 of training camp is in the books.

— Browns safety Ed Reynolds II will miss "significant time" after sustaining a knee injury Saturday during practice, coach Hue Jackson said. "He is going to be out for a little while." Reynolds started seven games last season and totaled 43 tackles. He was competing with Derrick Kindred, Jabrill Peppers, Ibraheim Campbell and several others for a starting job in Cleveland's secondary.

— Jackson said the Browns will use Duke Johnson Jr. in a multitude of ways to get the most out of the dynamic running back's skillset. "He is going to do everything," Jackson said.

"He can catch out of the backfield. He runs the ball. We line him up in different places where we can get an advantage with him. I think he is a weapon for us. We are just trying to use him as much as we can, and we do. He has to bounce around to a lot of different rooms, that is why I said we ask a lot of him. He has responded well."

Johnson ran for 358 yards and caught another 53 passes for 518 yards and two touchdowns last season.

— After the Browns' run game got the best of their defensive counterparts Saturday, Gregg Williams' unit looked impressive on the team's second day of full pads/live action. In either case, Jackson cautioned folks from reading too much into those sorts of dynamics.

"We understand that it's just four days. We just have to keep working. I'm just trying not to make too big of where we are," he said. "We just have a lot of work to do as a football team. Having the live periods is really good for our football team right now, because we see where we are. We see where we are as coaches. We see where we are as players, and we know where we need to get to."

The Browns hit the practice fields in Berea for day 4 of training camp.

— Myles Garrett has been running 100-yard sprints after practice, conditioning himself to have a big role in the Browns defense this fall. Defensive line coach Clyde Simmons said that speaks volumes about Garrett, the No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick, and his commitment to the club.

"I didn't tell him to do that. That is one thing I admired about the young man," Simmons said Sunday. "He does a lot of things on his own. He is not one of those complacent rookies where he is sitting back and just going through the motions of practice. He works at what he is doing, he asks the right questions and he does the right things all of the time."

— Browns offensive line coach Bob Wylie had perhaps the best line of the day when talking about left guard Joel Bitonio. "He is a true professional. He has the passion and the heart for the game. I said that the last time I talked to you guys," Wylie said. "He has that, and he worked himself into coming back and doing that. Joel Bitonio is a guy that I would go into the foxhole with. I would take him to war. I would go with him because I can trust him. I can trust him."

— Speaking of Bitonio, who was sidelined for most of last season with a foot injury, the fourth-year player was back in action Saturday and didn't appear to miss a beat. Bitonio outlined his recovery, saying it was an exercise in patience.

"It takes time. It was hard. I was in a boot for 12 weeks or something like that. It was really a mental strain just as much as a physical strain," he said.

"You couldn't do as much as you wanted. The trainers did a good job of telling me, 'Hey, it takes time. This first part you are not going to do much, but once you get back it is just about getting those movements back.' We really worked at it, and I am just thankful I'm back out there now."

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