CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Cody Kessler may still be sore from the chest and rib injuries he incurred in last Sunday’s 33-13 loss to the New England Patriots at FirstEnergy Stadium, but that has not stopped him from getting back on the football field.
Kessler returned to practice on Wednesday, and could be in line to reclaim the starting quarterback job for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville if the coaches are comfortable with his levels of productivity and health.
“It feels good,” Kessler said. “It is just some of the time, it kind of reminds you it is there a little bit on some throws, but no, it has been fine.
“I have done two or three times a day and done treatment. The whole training staff in there has been great with me helping out. Obviously, it is still there a little bit, but it is more manageable. It is easier to throw now and it is starting to go away. Each day, it is getting better and better.”
The Patriots’ defense brought a heavy rush against Kessler early in the Browns’ third offensive possession of the game, and it resulted in a safety that built their lead to 16-7 late in the first quarter.
Facing a second-and-12 from the 10-yard line after a loss of two yards on first down following a short kickoff return from rookie defensive back Tracy Howard, Kessler fumbled the ball at the four and it went out of the back of the end zone for a safety.
The Browns’ rookie quarterback made only eight pass attempts with five completions and 62 yards with one touchdown before suffering the injuries.
“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 and kind of got shortness of breath.
“It was really uncomfortable. Luckily, there is no break. It is just a very uncomfortable feeling. I tried to go back in. I fought with the trainers to go back in, but the smart move was to stay out.”
Although Kessler is “taking it day to day right now,” he is anxious to get back onto the field and lead the Browns’ offense.
“That was my mindset the whole time,” Kessler said. “I don’t let anything kind of surprise me or catch me off guard. I just stay prepared the whole time, and if it is me starting, then I am going to go. If it is not or however it may be, then I just want to stay ready no matter what. It is exciting to get back out. Obviously, last week, it was unfortunate the game got cut a little short for me, so it is exciting to get back out there.”