CLEVELAND — Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jaelen Strong claimed the team mishandled his recovery this season after he tore his ACL in 2017 while playing for Jacksonville.
Strong missed the remainder of the 2017 season and the entire 2018 season.
He was picked up by the Browns in February after being dropped by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Strong did not make the final roster after the preseason this year.
On Tuesday, Strong tweeted that he didn't miss one practice after coming back from his injury.
..... I was running w the “ones” at one point and yes I know y’all thinking (obj/jarvis). Well they didn’t practice most of camp. I was w the 1’s for the entirety. Didn’t miss 1 practice after going 30 straight padded practices (UNHEARD OF). Coming off acl .....— Strizzy (@JaelenStrong) December 10, 2019
We get to week 3 of preseason and I can barely walk... I’m in treatment everyday so don’t say I am not... I’m trying to do all the right things. I played bad against TB. I was dead.. body legs etc. one of the worse things I put on tape I can attest to.. but the browns....— Strizzy (@JaelenStrong) December 10, 2019
I was never truly happy in the NFL and it took me not being in the NFL to actually understand it. The NFL took the love for the game away from me. I was playing it please others. Putting my body through horrible pains to please others who would never......— Strizzy (@JaelenStrong) December 10, 2019
Strong said that the Browns overworking players in training camp impacted two cornerbacks who missed multiple games this season.
No it’s a FACT why the browns seasons going this way. We played a full season in camp. The real season is here and they are already behind the 8 ball. Hamstring issues at DB? That’s just saying they’re being overworked!!!! https://t.co/qIhd2OJgCA— Strizzy (@JaelenStrong) December 10, 2019
Strong's claims come after it was announced that wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was playing through a sports hernia injury that will require surgery in the offseason.
Following Sunday's game against the Bengals, quarterback Baker Mayfield came to Beckham’s defense by accusing the team’s trainers and doctors of mishandling the Beckham's nagging injury. Beckham has been dealing for months with a sports hernia that will likely require offseason surgery. Mayfield, whose mouth has gotten him into trouble before, exacerbated an already delicate situation when he said the injury “wasn’t handled the right way in our training room.”
Mayfield quickly walked back his biting remarks with a pseudo apology on Twitter, saying he wasn’t trying to “throw our medical staff under the bus.”
News 5 reached out to the Browns about Strong's claims, but have not heard back.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.