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Joel Bitonio | Guard | #75

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (25) / 10/11/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 305
College: Nevada
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 2 (35) / CLE
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Browns signed LG Joel Bitonio to a five-year, $51 million extension through 2022.
The deal includes $23 million guaranteed. It's a whopper in the context of Bitonio's injury woes the past two seasons — he's currently recovering from Lisfranc surgery — but Bitonio has been one of the league's best young guards when on the field. The rebuilding Browns are trying to assemble a bully up front. Bitonio turns 26 in October. Sidelined since last October, Bitonio is expected to be ready for Week 1. Mar 9 - 1:15 PM

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Browns have agreed to a contract extension with LG Joel Bitonio.

Terms aren't available, but Schefter called a "monster" extension. Clearly, the Browns aren't worried about the Lisfranc injury that sidelined Bitonio for most of last season. When healthy, he's one of the best run-blocking guards in football.
Mar 9 - 10:58 AM

Browns LG Joel Bitonio (injured reserve) underwent surgery Monday to repair a Lisfranc injury to his right foot.

Bitonio was already on injured reserve, but this officially rules him out for the rest of the season. He is expected to be ready for the start of 2017. Alvin Bailey replaced Bitonio against the Titans, but newly-signed Jonathan Cooper could see snaps soon.
Tue, Oct 18, 2016 09:44:00 AM

Browns placed LG Joel Bitonio on injured reserve with a mid-foot sprain.

FB Dan Vitale was signed in a corresponding move. Bitonio suffered the injury last week, but played through it. He can't continue to do so, and it's a huge loss to the Browns' running game, dinging Isaiah Crowell's stock some. John Greco-Cameron Erving-Alvin Bailey will be the new interior line.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 11:02:00 AM

Browns LG Joel Bitonio suffered a mid-foot sprain Week 5 against the Patriots and is out indefinitely.

It's a massive loss. Bitonio is Pro Football Focus' No. 8 overall guard and an elite pass and run blocker. It's an especially big loss for Isaiah Crowell and the running game. Bitonio and LT Joe Thomas formed one of the better left-side tandems in the league. With C Cameron Erving (lung) set to return to the lineup, John Greco and Alvin Bailey will be the Browns' guards.
Wed, Oct 12, 2016 12:11:00 PM

Browns LG Joel Bitonio says he's over the ankle issues that ended his 2015 season.

Bitonio missed six of Cleveland's final seven games. A 2014 second-rounder, Bitonio was highly impressive as a rookie before taking a major step back as a sophomore. Going on 25, Bitonio is a candidate to bounce back in a big way in 2016.
Tue, Apr 5, 2016 07:23:00 PM

Browns placed LG Joel Bitonio (ankle) on injured reserve, ending his season.

One of the NFL's best guards as a rookie in 2014, Bitonio took a step back during his sophomore campaign, particularly as a pass protector. He continued to earn strong run-blocking grades from Pro Football Focus. 24-year-old Bitonio is under contract with Cleveland for two more seasons.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 05:22:00 PM

Browns LG Joel Bitonio is done for the day in Week 13 with an ankle injury.

Bitonio came into the game listed as questionable with an ankle injury. He's been replaced by first-round pick Cam Erving at left guard.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 02:17:00 PM

Browns LG Joel Bitonio (ankle, questionable) expects to return Week 13.

Bitonio was listed as questionable after practicing on a limited basis all week, but he is "confident" he will be able to go. Bitonio's return will shift struggling rookie Cam Erving back to the bench.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 11:46:00 AM

Browns declared LG Joel Bitonio, WR Andrew Hawkins, WR Taylor Gabriel, CB Joe Haden, CB Pierre Desir, S Don Jones, and DT Randy Starks inactive for Monday night's Week 12 game against the Ravens.

Bitonio continues to miss time with an ankle injury. First-round rookie Cam Erving will start again at left guard. Hawkins, Haden, and Gabriel have concussions.
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 07:23:00 PM

Browns LG Joel Bitonio (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 10.

Coach Mike Pettine indicated the sophomore could miss some time. Rookie Cam Erving will fill in while Bitonio is sidelined. Bitonio had played every possible snap of his career before last week. His loss is a big one for an already struggling offensive line.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 12:20:00 PM

LG Joel Bitonio left the Browns' Week 9 game against the Bengals with an ankle injury and is probable to return.

Bitonio suffered the injury on Cleveland's last drive of the half. He finished the drive but limped off and eventually went into the locker room. Bitonio has yet to miss a snap in his NFL career.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 09:49:00 PM

After visiting Browns camp, ESPN's Adam Caplan came away believing the team envisions LG Joel Bitonio as a future "star."

The 35th overall pick in May's draft, Bitonio was selected by receiver-needy Cleveland over the likes of Marqise Lee, Paul Richardson, and Allen Robinson. They loved his college tape, and Bitonio graded out as a top-eight run-blocking guard in the first week of preseason, per Pro Football Focus. Bitonio was facing the Lions' star-studded defensive line. It was an impressive debut.
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 01:28:00 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine said he is "very confident" with rookie LG Joel Bitonio.

"He is NFL ready," said Pettine. "We’re very comfortable and very confident there with Joel at left guard." Bitonio missed minicamp after suffering a high-ankle sprain during OTAs, but he is healthy and back practicing. Barring injury, he will be Cleveland's left guard Week 1.
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 09:45:00 PM

Browns second-round OL Joel Bitonio suffered a high-ankle sprain at OTAs, but expects to be ready for the start of training camp.

Bitonio, the 35th overall pick last month, sat out all of minicamp and continues to rehab the injury on summer break. It's a multi-week issue and can tend to linger. Bitonio is expected to man the left guard post as a rookie.
Fri, Jun 27, 2014 10:13:00 AM

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Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Cody Kessler
2Brock Osweiler
3DeShone Kizer
4Kevin Hogan
RB1Isaiah Crowell
2Duke Johnson
3George Atkinson III
4Darius Jackson
5Matt Dayes
GLB1Isaiah Crowell
2Duke Johnson
3RB1Duke Johnson
2Isaiah Crowell
FB1Dan Vitale
WR11Corey Coleman
2Ricardo Louis
3Mario Alford
4Jordan Leslie
5James Wright
WR21Kenny Britt
2Rashard Higgins
3Jordan Payton
4Rannell Hall
5Josh Boyce
WR31Rashard Higgins
TE1David Njoku
2Seth DeValve
3Randall Telfer
4J.P. Holtz
LT1Joe Thomas
2Matt McCants
LG1Joel Bitonio
2Spencer Drango
3Marcus Martin
C1J.C. Tretter
2Marcus Martin
3Austin Reiter
4Anthony Fabiano
RG1Kevin Zeitler
2John Greco
3Zach Sterup
4Chris Barker
RT1Shon Coleman
2Cameron Erving
3Roderick Johnson
K1Zane Gonzalez
2Cody Parkey