On Day 9 of training camp, it appears as though the Cleveland Browns suffered their first major injury of the year. According to reports, linebacker Chris Gocong was carted off the field Saturday morning with a right leg/ankle injury. Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer speculates that he could have torn his Achilles tendon, which would end his season. Here is how Cabot described the manner in which Gocong got hurt:
Defending on a touchdown pass to tight end Jordan Cameron in the end zone, Gocong planted and then grabbed his lower right leg, as if something in it had snapped. Gocong never left his feet, and it was a non-contact injury. He then knelt for a moment, still grabbing his lower leg near the ankle. He then succumbed to the obvious pain, laying on his back with his hands over his face and tapping his left leg.
Gocong couldn't put any weight onto his right leg as he was helped onto the card. The veteran linebacker was slated to start at weakside linebacker this year, but would be moved over to strongside linebacker for the first three games while Scott Fujita is serving a suspension. Now, the team could be looking at starting both Kaluka Maiava and James-Michael Johnson to begin the year.
Head coach Pat Shurmur said that Gocong will have an MRI today on his ankle, and that they are hoping the injury isn't serious. Keep your fingers crossed!