The Cleveland Browns are a team that could quietly surprise some folks this season. They have their fair share of supporters claiming division title contention is in the near future, and I can’t say that I disagree with the way some of their young guys are coming along.
In the 2013 NFL Draft, the Browns selected LSU stud linebacker Barkevious Mingo with the sixth overall pick in the first round. Mingo is a 6’4”, 240 pound monster of a linebacker that figures to make an immediate impact on the Browns in his rookie season.
In a strong outing against the St. Louis Rams, Mingo displayed the ability to get after the quarterback at a high level. The quick and strong linebacker was credited with two quarterback hits against the Rams, and nearly had a sack after head coach Rob Chudzinski accepted a penalty that nullified his big play.
His second preseason game didn’t go so well, as Mingo suffered a bruised rib in the first half against the Detroit Lions and remains in the hospital a day later for further examining.
Chudzinski said that it was still too soon to make a call as far as how long the rookie will be out, but some are guessing it could be about a week. Mingo has had a great camp so far and is looking like a solid pick for Cleveland.
The question is, though, is this an injury that may linger if he comes back too early? The Browns, I’m sure, want him back for the start of the season and all signs point to that being a possibility. But, if Chudzinski still isn’t sure, that gives fans reason to believe the injury could be more serious than originally thought.
Hopefully Mingo is out of the hospital soon, though, and can get back to practice soon enough. The Browns could use him on that defense in week one as they prepare to shock the AFC North and prove they belong in contention.