In the wake of Cleveland Browns wide receiver Syndric Steptoe’s season-ending shoulder injury, which was first reported by PFT Saturday night, Steptoe’s agent has questioned the wisdom of coach Eric Mangini’s decision to conduct a full-speed practice in a rainstorm.
Jerome Stanley, who represents Steptoe, told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that Mangini made a “last-minute decision” to change the practice from the walk-through that players had supposedly anticipated. Steptoe reportedly has a torn labrum.
However, the agent said that he has no plans to file a complaint with the NFL Players Association.
“The coaches should more carefully weigh the risk of injury in practice decisions,” Stanley said. “My understanding is that the team was on the field for a walk-through the day before the scrimmage. The walk-through turned into a full practice in a driving rain.
“Obviously, hindsight gives one a different perspective, but if the practice had stayed a walk-through, Syndric wouldn’t be preparing for season-ending surgery right now. The decision produced a bad result for the kid and the team.”
Per the report, there were no contact drills during the workout. And the practice was abbreviated due to the weather conditions.