All is not well in Berea.
Gipson, who has claimed that the injury is quite mild, said he sustained it in Dallas trying to get in the best shape possible for camp. But Pettine is still unhappy with his Pro Bowl defensive back, who skipped voluntary workouts due to a contract dispute.
"It's disappointing when a guy's not here to show up with something," Pettine told the Northeast Ohio Media Group. "We were going to be very careful anyway. ... You just don't have an assessment when a guy is not here and with your trainers and with your strength and conditioning. ... It's unfortunate that he showed up here with an injury."
Gibson, who signed his tender Friday but is still seeking a long-term deal, sat out the entire practice Tuesday. He downplayed the injury, however.
"I wanted to be in the most physical peak of my career, making sure that I was ready to come back and perform," he said. "Things happen when you're grinding. It's something that's moreso a precaution than anything. If we had to play today, if this was a Sunday, I'd definitely be out there playing with my guys."
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Gipson, who has admitted that his absence from voluntary OTAs was at least partially the result of an ongoing contract dispute, is coming off a Pro Bowl season in which he intercepted six passes in 11 games before going down with an injury. He has 11 picks in the last two seasons combined.
He added that he injured his hamstring training at his home in Dallas, but that he studied the playbook and spoke with coaches while he was gone to be as prepared as possible when he did arrive and got healthy.
Gipson missed the team's voluntary practices because he was not pleased with the tender the Browns offered, he wanted a long-term deal instead.
Gipson led the team with six interceptions in 11 games last season.
He was also missing from the first set of voluntary practices.
Gipson, who has declined to sign his second-round tender, is seeking a long-term deal after a breakout 2014 in which he racked up six interceptions despite missing the last five games to a knee injury. That gave him 11 picks over the last two years.
Jordan Poyer served as the first-teamer in the Tuesday session.
As a result, Gipson is absent from the weekend's voluntary OTAs. Despite that, he's been staying in touch with the team.
"I have talked to him," defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil said, per Ohio.com. "He's asked me questions. I've given him input. Do I wish he was here? Absolutely."
O'Neil added that, while everything is voluntary at this point of the year, Gipson will "have some catching up to do," when he returns.
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