Browns quarterback Cody Kessler is still sore from the hit that knocked him from Sunday’s 33-13 loss to the Patriots, but he’s gotten back up.
Kessler, who said that he is still sore when he throws, practiced Wednesday. Even though he is officially listed as day-to-day by the club, the third-round pick from USC hopes to play Sunday at Tennessee.
“I’m taking it day to day right now,” Kessler said. “That’s the plan [to start]. That’s my goal, obviously to be ready to go on Sunday. But I’ve got to get through practice first and go day to day and just see how it feels getting the full rep practice today, getting to throw with pads on and see how it feels.”
Head coach Hue Jackson expects to know more on Thursday as to if Kessler would be able to go against the Titans.
“It is too early to talk about all that,” Jackson said. “Obviously, Cody right now is the starter of our football team until I feel otherwise. We have to make decisions about where they are towards the end of the week. We will see that as we go.”
Jackson was just glad to see the rookie out there along with veteran Josh McCown, who practiced for the first time since breaking his collarbone against the Ravens on Sept. 18.
“I thought both of them through the ball around well,” Jackson said. “We will keep looking at Cody, but he is taking reps. Josh took reps today. It was good to see them both out there. I told you we will have some bodies standing. Those guys were out there throwing the ball around, which was good.”
Both Kessler and McCown were officially listed as ‘limited’ on the Browns’ Wednesday injury report.
Kessler was drilled in the chest by Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower, who came up the middle untouched on a screen play designed to go to running back Duke Johnson, with 1:20 left in the first quarter. Kessler fumbled the ball and it rolled out of the side of the end zone for a safety and a 16-7 Patriots lead.
“At first, I thought it was my shoulder the way I landed,” Kessler said. “I heard a weird noise and didn’t know what it was so I didn’t want to move my shoulder because I didn’t know exactly what it was. Then I started feeling pain in the chest-rib area. I kind of got shortness of breath. It was just really uncomfortable and luckily, like I said, though, there was no break. It was just a very uncomfortable feeling.”
Prior to the injury, Kessler lead the Browns on a 9-play, 75-yard drive that was capped by an 11-yard touchdown throw to receiver Andrew Hawkins to tie the game at 7.
Kessler said since he left the game most of the pain is on his left side and he has already tested his right arm before even taking the field at practice Wednesday afternoon.
“I got to throw [Tuesday] a little bit, just a little sore, day to day, and the best part about is it’s just improving,” Kessler said. “It feels a lot better.”
After reaching an injury settlement with him, the Browns released veteran Charlie Whitehurst and elevated rookie Kevin Hogan from the practice squad to the active 53-man roster on Tuesday. Whitehurst sustained a left knee injury late in the fourth quarter that forced Terrelle Pryor to come on and finish the drive.
McCown said Monday that if he practices this week, he hopes to be active and ready to help the battered Browns if needed against the Titans.