BEREA — With sweat dripping everywhere on a habanero-hot Labor Day, Browns offensive lineman Joel Bitonio let loose while giving his outlook for the upcoming season as it relates to some of his teammates making playoff predictions in the aftermath of 0-16.

"I’m ready for Week 1 against Pittsburgh," Bitonio said after Monday’s practice. "That’s a long ways away. We’ve got to win some f****** games before we talk about playoffs and things like that. I’m ready for Pittsburgh Week 1, and we’ll go from there."

The question surrounding Bitonio, who immediately apologized for his made-for-Hard Knocks slipup while reporters laughed, is which position he’ll play in Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Bitonio had been working at left tackle and rookie second-round draft pick Austin Corbett at left guard with the first-team offense almost exclusively since Aug. 1, the sixth day of training camp. That’s the day coach Hue Jackson moved Bitonio from left guard, where he’s played the past four seasons, to left tackle because Shon Coleman failed to satisfy the coaching staff in his bid to replace Joe Thomas, a future Hall of Famer who retired in March.

But Jackson publicly introduced the idea of shaking up the left side of the offensive line Friday during a conference call with media. Jackson indicated Monday the Bitonio-Corbett tandem remained intact, but he could still alter the lineup late this week.

"Right now, [the left side of the offensive line is] the way it’s been. Nothing’s changed that way," Jackson said. "But, again, we’ve got a week. We don’t play until Sunday. So I’m going to figure it out [and] put the best five guys out there."

Jackson also said he already knows the left tackle-left guard combination he intends to use against the Steelers, but he won’t disclose it to media until later in the week.

"I think Coach is going to come back Wednesday and give us a definite answer," Bitonio said. "I’m ready for both [positions], though."

Bitonio essentially narrowed the possibilities to the following: Either Bitonio will start at left tackle and Corbett will start at guard or undrafted rookie Desmond Harrison will start at left tackle and Bitonio will start at left guard.

"I think it’s going to be a rookie most likely whoever I’m playing next to," Bitonio said.

Jackson, offensive line coach Bob Wylie and the rest of the staff have a good sample size of preseason playing time to evaluate.

Although Harrison sat out the first 11 practices of camp and the exhibition opener against the New York Giants with an injured toe, he played the final three preseason games and started the finale Thursday against the Lions. Harrison, 6-foot-6 and 295 pounds, ended the preseason with 107 snaps.

"He can move, man. He’s athletic. He’s definitely the most athletic lineman we have," Bitonio said. "And he has the length. He has the size. He’s the prototypical left tackle when you think of a left tackle. He’s like 6-6, long arms, can get back and set. He’s done some good things. I know he hasn’t played against the ones all the time, but when he’s been out there, he’s made some good plays. We’re just making sure he has the right mindset and understands what he’s doing every play."

Corbett, 6-4 and 306 pounds, started all four exhibition games and played 242 snaps.

"We were wondering if someone could calculate for us if he broke the preseason snap record. We’re not sure. He played a lot," Bitonio said. "He’s doing good. I think those game reps were good for him. He’s kinda understanding how he needs to set a little bit differently at guard and understand that things happen a little bit quicker there for him. He’s improving every day and the more reps he can get in practice and in games, he’s going to just continue to improve."

Bitonio hasn’t been uncertain about which position he’ll play six days before a game since he was in high school.

"It’s different, for sure," said Bitonio, who spent all 71 of his preseason snaps at left tackle. "Usually you have your five linemen. You’re set to go. We’re trying to get our best five guys out there. I just do what I’m told."

Meanwhile, Bitonio is relaxed entering his fifth season, as evidenced by his accidental f-bomb.

"I’m healthy," he said. "I feel strong. Let’s just go get it.