RB Peyton Hillis (hamstring) was one of three starters reportedly limited at Browns practice Wednesday, but head coach Pat Shurmur indicated the handling of the injuries was "precautionary."
In addition to Hillis, OLG Eric Steinbach had his back tighten, and SS T.J. Ward had a hamstring ailment.
"Today’s practice, (Eric) Steinbach’s back tightened up on him a little bit so we took him inside, just precautionary," Shurmur said, according to the club. "T.J. Ward felt his hamstring a little bit, again, precautionary there. Peyton Hillis, at the end of practice, felt his hamstring just a little bit.
"This is the time of year when you start to get some soft tissue injuries. I wouldn’t call those injuries yet; there was a lot of work that got done so it was just precautionary with T.J. and Peyton."
The way we see it
Hillis, Ward and Steinbach each played all 16 games in 2010. Hillis, the Browns' top offensive player a season ago, played through thigh and ribs injuries but seemed to wear down late in the campaign. Steinbach missed time earlier in training camp with a knee injury. The injury status of each of these players bears watching, considering their value to the club, but the ailments do not appear serious, judging from Shurmur's comments.