Browns tight ends coach said Tuesday that Gary Barnidge is on track to be ready for the season opener Sept. 11 in Philadelphia, Pat McManamon of ESPN.com reports.
He had sports hernia surgery June 2.
“We’ve got a plan for him that will get him to opening day,” tight ends coach Greg Seamon said. “So we have to accomplish two things: make sure he’s healthy and make sure he has enough work to be ready to go.
“His work ethic is so good that I don’t sweat that much.”
Seamon said the Pro Bowl tight end is ahead of schedule in his rehab, but coach Hue Jackson has said in camp he will not rush players back. Cornerback Joe Haden is coming off ankle surgery, and he has not returned to practice either. But both he and Jackson said Haden would be ready for the opener.
Last season Barnidge led the team with 79 receptions, 1,043 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.
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