The pain in Vince Mayle's thumb still lingers four months since he injured it, but it's not expected to be a pain when the Browns open training camp in late July.
Browns coach Mike Pettine confirmed Saturday that Cleveland's fourth-round pick from Washington State would soon undergo surgery on his broken thumb.
"It should not be an issue in the fall," Pettine said. "We wanted him to come out, just see how it was, test it. Found out real quick yesterday that there's still some lingering pain there. So, we're going to go ahead and get it corrected."
Mayle suffered the injury at the Senior Bowl in January but didn't learn of its severity until he underwent routine X-Rays at February's NFL Combine in Indianapolis. According to the Sacramento Bee, Mayle wore a cast on the thumb for a couple of weeks before taking it off for his Pro Day workout in March, a session that was attended by Browns wide receivers coach Joker Phillips.
Mayle has done everything except catch passes during the first two days of rookie mini-camp. He said the time on the field with his new teammates was still valuable and it allowed him to focus even more on his route running.
Mayle wore a red, non-contact jersey Saturday after donning his normal jersey Friday. Pettine said any risk of exposing Mayle to further damage was canceled out by the fact he's preparing to undergo surgery.
"We were going to just let him come out here and see how it was, and if he experienced any discomfort, then we would just go ahead and let him get through the camp, not throw to him. Then, let him go ahead and get it fixed right after," Pettine said. "We expect him back full for training camp."