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Browns kickoff 2021 Training Camp

Odell Beckham, Jr. returned to the field
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Published: Jul. 28, 2021 at 6:57 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Cleveland Browns kicked off their first day of training camp in Berea on Wednesday. While receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. made his return to the field, a few faces were absent.

Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski told the media that linebacker Tony Fields II will miss the beginning of training camp with a foot injury. Fields is not expected to be a long-term issue. Meanwhile, running back D’Ernest Johnson was absent for a personal matter and second-round rookie linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah is still on the COVID-19 reserve list.

BROWNS AND COVID

The NFL has made it harder for non-vaccinated players to operate within facilities with new protocols. Teams that meet a high percentage of vaccinated players can ease some of the protocols put in place in 2020. Defensive end Myles Garrett dealt with his own battle with COVID-19 and it was an easy decision for him.

“I got sick,” the All-Pro end said. “I didn’t want to get sick again. So it was kind of point-blank apparent for me.”

Meanwhile, receiver Jarvis Landry reiterated that COVID is still a very real issue.

OBJ IS BACK

Beckham took the field for the first time this training camp after coming back from tearing his ACL last season. The wideout looked healthy and sharp while going through drills.

Stefanski added the team has a plan to take care of Odell through camp and talked to the receiver Tuesday before camp.

“We’ll bring him along at the discretion of our doctors, our medical team, and Odell, and see how he’s feeling,” the head coach said.

GREEDY SCARE

With 20 minutes to go in practice, cornerback Greedy Williams left the field with the training staff. It was said to be heat-related and he is expected to be fine.

The Browns’ next practice is set for Thursday at 2:25. The first practice open to fans will be on Friday.

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