BEREA – Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel took all the repetitions with the first-team offense.
Receiver Josh Gordon returned to practice for the first time in nearly a week, then left early to participate by phone in his appeal of an indefinite drug suspension.
It was an eventful morning at Browns training camp practice.
Manziel had worked solely with the second-teamers through the first eight days of practice. But this morning, he shared a huddle with Joe Thomas, Alex Mack, Ben Tate and the rest of the starting unit.
Brian Hoyer, the incumbent, went from the ones to the twos.
Rookie coach Mike Pettine warned not to read too much into the move.
“It’s just part of our plan,” he said. “We said we were going to allow the quarterbacks to compete, at some point you’ve got to mix up the supporting cast a little bit. It’s all part of it.”
Pettine said Manziel and Hoyer would mix time with the first team the rest of the week. Pettine said Hoyer is still likely to start the preseason opener Saturday in Detroit, but the decision hasn’t been finalized.
Both quarterbacks have made progress, and the switch today wasn’t a reflection on Hoyer’s first week of practice, Pettine said.
Manziel started team drills with a 40-yard completion to receiver Travis Benjamin, but the ball hung in the air and cornerback Joe Haden should’ve broken it up. His next pass was intercepted over the middle.
Overall, Manziel was hit-and-miss. He led a successful field-goal drive, then was stopped on his second try. In the end-of-practice two-minute drill, he went 1-for-3 and the possession ended without points.
Gordon practiced for the first time since Tuesday. He was in New York for the appeal hearing that began Friday and was continued until this afternoon.
The ruling isn’t expected today, and there isn’t a timetable for resolution.
Pettine didn’t take Gordon’s return as a reason to be encouraged about the appeal.
“It’s still part of the process,” he said. “We’ve been patient so far.”
Guard Jason Pinkston (undisclosed medical condition) was at the facility, but didn’t watch practice. He hasn’t been cleared.
“I don’t see him coming back in the foreseeable future,” Pettine said. “At some point we’ll release something.”
Tight end Jordan Cameron (shoulder) didn’t practice and rode the stationary bike. Pettine said he has an issue in the AC joint but would probably be able to play if it were the regular season. Pettine said Cameron likely won’t play against the Lions.