BEREA – Browns offensive lineman Ryan Miller suffered a concussion during practice and was taken to the Cleveland Clinic, but is expected to be released tonight, the team said.
Miller was knocked unconscious after contact in a one-on-one drill, left tackle Joe Thomas said. Coach Rob Chudzinski clarified that it was an injury to the head, not the neck.
Miller is in his second year out of Colorado. He was a fifth-round pick and appeared in eight games as a rookie, mostly on special teams.
Many of his teammates took a knee as Miller lay still on the ground and practice stopped. He was immobilized and strapped to an orange backboard, still in his helmet.
Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson rushed in to help the medical team get him on the cart and said Miller was talking and moving.
“Anytime that happens, you just pray and you hope for the best and hope everything’s OK,” Jackson said. “Coach gave us word that he’s doing fine and that’s a good thing.”
Chudzinski planned to visit Miller in the hospital tonight.
The offensive and defensive linemen were doing one-on-one drills when Miller was injured. When the seriousness of the situation was realized, the music was turned off and the rest of the team stopped and turned its attention to him.
After he was driven by cart to the waiting ambulance, the Browns huddled as a team, then returned to practice.
“It’s something that’s hard, because obviously there are more important things than football,” Thomas said. “Health is obviously one. Sometimes it’s hard to go back to focusing on football.”
Chudzinski gathered the team again later to tell it the good news.
“Ryan’s a nice guy, really easygoing,” Thomas said. “He’s a hard worker.
“He’s become a good friend.”
The practice on the third day of training camp was moved inside and closed to the public because of rain. The team was wearing shoulder pads for the first time.