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Rookie defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey is absent for disciplinary reasons

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BEREA − Brown rookie Defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey He missed practice Friday due to a team-related disciplinary issue.

Trainer Kevin Stefanski declined to elaborate further on why Winfrey, who was pulled in the fourth round out of Oklahoma, was being penalized. Stefanski also would not comment on his condition for Sunday. house opener against the New York Jets.

Defensive end Myles Garrett said the problem had developed over time. He also didn’t indicate what the problem was with Winfrey.

“It was pretty common knowledge,” Garrett said. “And it was easy to see. It wasn’t like we had to draw attention to him. It was just that his actions were very obvious.”

Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey chats with tight end Malik Smith during the NFL football team’s rookie minicamp in Berea on Friday.

Garrett was selected as one of five season captains for the Browns. He also shares a position room with Winfrey, the 108th No. Player taken in the draft.

Considering the issues that had apparently arisen related to Winfrey, there was no need for players to bring up the issue when it came to a head.

“I think we all have to step up and say something, but sometimes silence speaks louder than words,” Garrett said. “And we’ve used our voice a couple of times and at the end of the day, he has to learn to be a professional and Kevin took it into his own hands and felt that was the right thing to do and I’m totally behind my coach’s actions.” .

Jack Conklin listed as questionable, Chris Hubbard out vs. New York Jets

The Browns continue to list right tackle Jack Conklin as questionable as he recovers from last year’s torn patellar tendon. Stefanski indicated that the plan remains the same for Conklin, who has yet to play a game since he suffered the injury on Nov. 28 in Baltimore.

Conklin went through extensive practice about two hours before the first game in Carolina, along with fellow tackle Chris Hubbard. Both were inactive for that game.

“I think it’s very, very close,” Stefanski said of Conklin. “We will let the next 48 hours determine where we go.”

Stefanski said only, “When he’s ready, he’ll play,” when asked if the short week between Sunday night’s game and Thursday night’s game against Pittsburgh would play any factor in a decision.

Hubbard has already been ruled out for Sunday against the Jets. He had been battling an illness.

Jets QB Zach Wilson officially out, TE CJ Uzomah doubtful to face Browns

The Jets officially ruled out quarterback Zach Wilson as he continues to recover from a knee injury during the preseason. Wilson had been limited in practice all week, and Joe Flacco was always expected to be the starter on Sunday.

Tight end CJ Uzomah did not practice Friday with a hamstring injury. A former Cincinnati Bengal, Uzomah was listed as doubtful for the game.

Listed as questionable for the Jets: receiver Braxton Berrios (heel), offensive lineman George Fant (knee), defensive lineman John Franklin-Myers (toe), punter Braden Mann (back) and safety Jordan Whitehead (ankle).

Brown’s defensive line gets down to business with the passes

One way the Browns’ defensive line had an impact on Carolina was in the way they were able to hit balls. They set it up on the first play, when Jadeveon Clowney rejected a pass from Baker Mayfield.

Clowney had two of those deviations. The Browns had seven deflections in all, five of which came from defensive linemen.

“I feel like batted passes get overlooked compared to sacks,” said rookie defensive end Alex Wright, who had a batted pass in his debut. “Sacks can bring all the energy and what not. Batted passes help the team a lot. That can come in handy and work in situations you never know. Like, say, a cornerback getting hit or something like You, hitting the ball down, that helps him, helps the team live to fight another from the same distance.”

Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield passes under pressure from Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, September 11, 2022 in Charlotte, NC (AP Photo/Rusty Jones)

Defensive line coach Chris Kiffin said part of preparing for a given game involves trying to learn where a quarterback throws the ball. So the way they approached Mayfield last week may be different than the way they approach Jets quarterback Joe Flacco.

That knowledge ties directly into how linemen can get passes.

“I learned as a young coach how important batted passes are and how critical they are to the defense,” Kiffin said. “Really, it’s a dead game on offense, so it’s kind of critical. We replay it. We replay it on the sled. We try to even the hand when the hand goes out and you’re stuck on the run. Just something.” that we constantly preach… It affects the game, and we’ll continue to insist on that regardless of what kind of quarterback we’re playing. We’re always trying to hit balls.”

Tight schedule for Browns may impact rotations vs. Jets

There were several key Browns players who did not play in any of the three preseason games. That made the first game in Carolina his debut game of the season.

Those players had a normal week of preparation heading into Sunday’s home opener against the Jets, but there won’t be that time between next week’s games. The Browns host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night.

That could impact rotations at some positions, like cornerback, against the Jets.

“I think we’re just trying to account for some of the guys that didn’t play a lot in preseason and then you have a Thursday night game,” Stefanski said. “That’s something we talked about. He can do it in this game, he may not.”

Contact Chris at ceasterling@thebeaconjournal.com.

On Twitter: @ceasterlingABJ

This article originally appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal: Browns’ Perrion Winfrey absent for disciplinary reasons

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