BEREA, Ohio – Browns first-year coach Mike Pettine did more than watch his team practice.
He listened as well.
Cleveland’s players worked out in full pads for the first time in training camp Monday. Under cloudy skies and in October-like temperatures, the Browns got a lot more physical than during their first two days on the field.
Pettine said he was pleased with the contact, which included a few loud shoulder-pad-to-shoulder-pad pops.
Pro Bowl offensive tackle Joe Thomas said he still gets butterflies before the first full-contact practice because this is real football. If you mess up, somebody’s going to get smacked.
No talks with Suh
Detroit is postponing contract talks with All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh until after the season. Suh is entering the final season of his contract, and team president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew said before practice Monday that negotiations are being tabled.
If the two sides can’t come to an agreement after the season, the Lions could still keep Suh by using their franchise tag on him. Suh was drafted in 2010 by the Lions with the second overall pick, and he has 27 1/2 sacks in his four pro seasons.
For the second straight day at Philadelphia’s training camp, a fight broke out between an offensive and defensive player. Cornerback Bradley Fletcher took on wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Linebacker Trent Cole got into it with running back LeSean McCoy on Sunday.
Around the league
Denver wide receiver Demaryius Thomas returned from bereavement leave, but his flight from Georgia didn’t get back in time for him to participate in a spirited practice in Englewood, Colorado, that featured three scuffles. Thomas missed the first five days of training camp after the death last week of his grandmother in Georgia. Carolina coach Ron Rivera said an MRI revealed rookie wide receiver and first-round draft pick Kelvin Benjamin has a bone bruise in his left knee and will miss a few days of camp.