With less than two weeks to go before their 2019 season opener, the Browns are close to as healthy as they've been since the start of training camp.
After a weekend away from the practice field, the Browns returned Monday with a number of players who were sidelined for Friday's preseason tilt at Tampa. That included star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who hasn't participated in team drills since the early part of training camp because of a hip injury.
"He looked good," Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said. "It is good to have him back out. We have been working with him on the side with other things. It is just natural progression so it was good to have him back out."
Beckham was joined by a handful of others in respectively similar situations, such as CB T.J. Carrie, DT Brian Price, S Jermaine Whitehead and S Juston Burris.
Check out photos from practice on August 26, 2019 by team photographer Matt Starkey
Beckham and the Browns have maintained from the beginning his injury wasn't serious in nature. Throughout this period, Beckham has been an active participant in individual drills as well as pre-game warmups.
Kitchens has said Cleveland's starting players won't play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Lions, so Beckham's on-field debut is set for Sept. 8 against the Titans. In the meantime, he'll continue to get more and more work with quarterback Baker Mayfield, as the two look to strengthen the chemistry between them.
"Just because he was not in the team drills does not mean they were not working. It is fairly easy," Kitchens said. "You learn what to do, you learn where to line up, learn what to do, learn the depth and area you are supposed to be in and you have it just about figured out. I think he is a smart guy and he is coming along.
"We do not want to over-work him right now, we have not even started playing yet. We have not even gotten into game planning and stuff like that, but they will definitely be on top of their game when we start game planning and timing and stuff like that rather than useless things that do not really matter. At the end of the day, it is exactly what I said. It is knowing where to be, where to line up, where to be, getting to your depth and then catching the ball. After that, you get the ball into his hands and see what he can do."
Carrie, who has been the team's first option at slot cornerback during practice, had been sidelined since the Browns' preseason opener. Whitehead and Burris had been out since the joint practices in Indianapolis while Price has been sidelined for weeks with a concussion.