Browns sit Baker Mayfield, several other starters against Colts

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After the game, Kitchens revealed Garrett suffered a minor injury in the final joint practice with the Colts.

"(He's) just a little banged up," Kitchens said. "It happened on one of the very last plays the other day, but he'll be fine. It's just if they're a little bit banged up, I'm going to make sure they're fine. If we'd have played a (regular-season) game today, he would've been out there."

Safety Eric Murray also started while Jermaine Whitehead sat out after suffering a leg injury in Thursday's practice.

Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson and defensive end Olivier Vernon made their preseason debuts with the Browns. After injuries kept them idle in last week's opener, they each started and played three series against the Colts. The No. 1 defense played two series and got stops each time against the Colts and quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who's filling in for the injured Andrew Luck.

It remains to be seen how Kitchens, a first-year head coach, will approach preseason game No. 3 on Aug. 23 at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The third exhibition game, often referred to as "the dress rehearsal," typically features the most extensive tune-up starters receive for the regular season. Most teams use starters very little, if at all, in the fourth and final preseason game. The Browns will host the Detroit Lions for their exhibition finale on Aug. 29.

The Browns will kick off the regular season at home Sept. 8 against the Tennessee Titans.


Beckham said Thursday he'll be ready to play in the opener despite his hip injury.

Beckham hasn't participated in team drills during a padded training camp practice since Aug. 6, but the superstar looked sharp Saturday while he and Landry caught passes from Mayfield at Lucas Oil Stadium about two and a half hours before kickoff. At one point during the workout, Beckham even made a leaping, one-handed catch in the end zone.

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