September 07, 2017

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Days before taking out their anger in the season opener against the hated Steelers, the Browns fought each other.

Calvin Pryor took the hardest shot.

A former-first round pick by the New York Jets, Pryor was released Thursday by Cleveland shortly after he was involved in a fight with wide receiver Ricardo Louis.

Coach Hue Jackson did not provide any details of the skirmish, which took place before practice.

''It was an internal matter,'' Jackson said. ''We did release the player, and we are moving on. I just made a decision which we thought was best for our football team and we moved on. That is it.''

Jackson didn't think Louis would also be let go. The second-year receiver had little to say about the altercation.

''Things happen within the family,'' he said. ''We will keep it within the family, move forward and we will work on winning.''

Pryor came to Cleveland in a trade on June 1 in a deal for linebacker Demario Davis. He was listed as Derrick Kindred's backup on this week's depth chart.

Scuffles are not uncommon during practices as tempers can rise on the field, especially during a hot day in training camp.

But with the season opener against Pittsburgh looming, Jackson wasn't going to tolerate foolish behavior.

Louis got the message.

''All I know is that we are preparing for the Steelers, and I am looking forward to playing them,'' he said when pressed on whether the fight could be a distraction.

''That is the only thing that is on my mind right now. We will keep internal matters within the team.''

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