BEREA, Ohio - The Browns have officially entered the dog days of training camp, according to head coach Rob Chudzinski.
"The first five days everybody is excited, but the next four there is a lull," said the head coach, who followed up with what he thought was a "very efficient" practice for day seven.
The Browns did get some players back on Thursday. Josh Gordon, who is bothered by patella tendonitis in his knee, practiced, but was limited during team drills. Tashaun Gipson was also back and full-go Thursday afternoon.
Chudzinski said he wants his team to develop a "physical mindset" as they go forward in this camp.
"I like where we are, I see progress in all areas, we are a very hungry team," Chudzinski said.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was also on hand as the league is part of an initiative with USA Football and Pop Warner to help all kids learn the game the right way. St. Ignatius head football coach and Team USA High School football coach Chuck Kyle was there to help teach young kids the right way to block and tackle.
Goodell was asked about the Jimmy Haslam/Pilot Flying J matter and how it will affect the league. The commissioner said Haslam "has kept in touch with me on a regular basis" and "I was his first phone call the moment it all happened." Goodell was also asked at what point will the league have to step in and do something about Haslam's situation. Goodell said he did not feel that would be an issue and the Browns owner was "doing all the right things" to take care of his current situation.
The Bike Brigade: The Browns were missing four players who did not practice, T.J. Ward, Montario Hardesty and Trevin Wade, who were all nursing tweaked hamstrings. Chris Faulk also missed practice.
The Battle of The Trenches: If you come out to Browns camp make sure you get a good seat when the offensive and defensive lines go one on one in their sack drills. Thursday, defensive lineman Brian Sanford and offensive lineman Garrett Gilkey got tangled up and took it to the ground as the other players were yelling "don't fight, don't fight," but it didn't stop the players from wrestling and eventually being broken up.
The Browns will continue in full pads Friday and Saturday for family night at the stadium, according to Chudzinski.
Indians Fever: Chudzinski started Thursday's presser by asking if the Indians won. When he was told yes, he said "Awesome, I love it."