Joel Bitonio becomes a human bobble head;  Anthony Schwartz injured: What happened on Day 2 of Browns training camp

Joel Bitonio becomes a human bobble head; Anthony Schwartz injured: What happened on Day 2 of Browns training camp

BEREA, Ohio – Joel Bitonio now has a good idea of ​​what his bobble head will look like when the time comes.

He was a life-size human version of the mini-statue Thursday at practice as he wore the new protective Guardian Cap over his helmet to prevent concussions.

Bitonio is in one of the groups required to wear the caps during practice through the second preseason due to a joint decision by the NFL and the NFL Players Association. Position groups include offensive line, defensive line, tight ends and linebackers.

“I already have a big head, so my head is going to be even more bouncy,” Bitonio said. “You learn to roll with it.”

In all seriousness, Bitonio is all about making the game safer.

“We’ve got all these problems with concussions and unfortunately you see guys later in life – and football, I think most guys know the danger – so if there’s a way, I was wondering, but if there’s a way to protect your head when you can, I think it’s a positive move,” he said. “I’m not a guy who’s going to like headbang the whole game anyway.

“I try to use technique and hands and shoulders and different levers instead of your head. I know some guys like it, I guess, but for me, I’d rather keep my head out of it as much as possible. Sometimes you have to, it’s football, but there’s another thing you can add to protect the players, we’re trying to create player safety and we want guys to live long, happy lives and if it helps a little bit to use a Guardian helmet for a couple of weeks, I think it’s worth it.”

Rookies wore them last week when it was just them and the quarterbacks in camp, but they didn’t give any feedback.

“I think guys are open to it,” Kevin Stefanski said. “Like everything else, I’m sure it will be [some] get used to it … I think it will just become the norm in our game.”

Anthony Schwartz leaves with a knee injury

Schwartz, trying to bounce back from his rocky rookie year, left practice with a left knee injury and did not return. It happened during a route without defenders. He will undergo further evaluation, which will likely include an MRI or other imaging tests.

With rookie David Bell (foot) on PUP for a couple of weeks, the Browns are a little short at the position. But if they don’t add anyone, it will give young players like sixth-round pick Michael Woods II and undrafted rookie Isaiah Weston a chance for more reps.

Bell, who was supposed to be back in a couple of weeks, worked on the side with a trainer.

Other damages

The following players did not practice: WR David Bell (foot), T Jack Conklin (knee), DT Sheldon Day (back), LB Anthony Walker Jr. (groin), CB Denzel Ward (foot) and WR Javon Wims (illness).

The Browns practiced outside

The Browns worked outside for the first time after moving indoors on Wednesday because of rain. They were still working at a walk-through pace, with no offense versus defense. It marked the second of three straight practices closed to the public, with fans being welcomed on Saturday. First day in pads will be Tuesday.

Story lines

* Amari Cooper talked about having a chip on his shoulder after being traded by the Cowboys for a fifth-round pick.

“Getting traded and stuff, that’s motivating,” he said. “If you don’t have a chip on your shoulder, what do you have, even if you don’t get traded or released by a team. There should always be some type of motivational factor there.”

* John Johnson III feels better chemistry than last season, his first with the Browns

“It’s a lot different, like the vibe is a lot better,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s just me, but everyone feels the same vibe that we’ve got a lot of guys back, that continuity is huge, especially on defense, so it’s fun and we’re enjoying it and we can’t wait to get back out on the pitch.”

They said so

Cooper, on managing the QB rotation:

“Like I said, at the end of the day, no matter who’s back there, if I get open, it’s going to be easy for them. If I don’t get open, it’s going to be difficult for them. Every time I press the line of scrimmage, try I try to create as much separation as possible. I just watch a ball spiral toward me at the end of the day.”

John Johnson III on Grant Delpit and the three safeties, including Ronnie Harrison Jr.:

“I mean, (Delpit) might be one of the best, like a period,” Johnson said. “In the game that we got today, our safeties don’t get mentioned in the top safeties, so I think this is an opportunity for us. We know each other and feed off each other and I think we can be the best trio in the league and I’m just looking forward to it.

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