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Browns’ expensive offseason purchase suffers an injury during camp

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The Cleveland Browns were hit hard by the injury virus early in training camp, with one positional group taking the brunt of the beating.

The latest casualty is wide receiver Amari Cooper, who injured his right ankle in practice Monday, August 1. Camryn Justice from Cleveland.com Video of the wideout released via Twitter after Monday’s incident.

“#Brown’s Amari Cooper was rated after a TD game today but walked to the sidelines where he was standing as practice ended.” Justice tweeted. “[Head coach] Kevin Stefanski said he doesn’t have an injury update yet.”

Jeff Schudel of The News Herald also reported on Monday that Stefanski would provide the public with more information the next day, and then offered an optimistic perspective as an eyewitness to both the injury and events that followed.

“Don’t quote me, but the way he’s stood on the field, not relieving his right leg and with no coach around, makes me suspect it’s not serious.” Schudel wrote on Twitter.

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The Browns acquired Cooper from the Dallas Cowboys in March in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick and a sixth-round swap. The four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver has a three-year, $60 million contract left that the team restructured to lessen its cap hit during a expensive offseason.

Should Cooper avoid a serious injury designation, it will be the Browns’ first windfall in that department since members of their receiving corps began falling. The phenomenon began with a foot injury suffered by third-place finisher David Bell, who is expected to fight for a starting job in his rookie year. The problem put Bell on the physically unfit (PUP) list, where he’s likely to stay for at least another week.

The next victim was speedster Anthony Schwartz, who sustained a knee injury in practice last Thursday and was listed 24 hours later as a day-to-day. Undrafted free agent Isaiah Weston was carted off the field Saturday with an ACL injury and picked up Monday. Finally, Cooper suffered an ankle injury during Monday’s practice session.

The Browns signed wide receiver Derrick Dillon, formerly of the New York Giants and the USFL, to replace Weston on the roster. Amid all the injury woes, Cleveland was also urged to revisit the four-season signing of free agent Will Fuller, a former teammate of quarterback Deshaun Watson, with the Houston Texans.

On Monday, the Browns received word that Watson will be suspended six games for violating the NFL’s code of conduct. That leaves the team with a few options below the middle, although none of them are ideal.

Cleveland can lean on Jacoby Brissett, who appears to be the way forward immediately following Watson’s suspension. The franchise may also consider trading with the San Francisco 49ers for veteran Jimmy Garoppolo, who enters the final year of a five-year contract in 2022. The latter option would cost the Browns $27 million. However, Garoppolo would be an upgrade over Brissett and would also be insurance against Watson missing future games.

While Watson’s suspension was issued by former federal judge and independent umpire Sue L. Robinson under the NFL’s (CBA) collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), the league reserves the right to appeal its decision within three years days of judgment.

The person who would hear that objection is NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or someone designated by him, meaning the league can step in and regain full control of Watson’s suspension at any point in the next 72 hours, which is likely to happen would result in their extension.

If that happens, investing in Garoppolo would make even more sense since the two options currently on the list behind Brissett are Josh Dobbs and Josh Rosen.

The person who would hear that objection is NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or someone designated by him, meaning the league can step in and regain full control of Watson’s suspension at any point in the next 72 hours, which is likely to happen would result in their extension.



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