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51 Days Until the Browns' Regular-Season Opener

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We are doing a countdown to the Cleveland Browns' first regular season game against the New York Jets, which is on September 13, 2015. For each day we are counting down, we will try to find a photo of a current or past member of the Browns in that uniform, and we'll also list the players who have donned that jersey in the past.

As of Friday, we are just 51 days away from the Browns' regular season opener. No. 51 is currently being worn by outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo. LB Dale Lindsey (8 years) and LB Eddie Johnson (10 years) had the longest legacies with the number. In the post-1999 era, three linebackers -- Chaun Thompson, Chris Gocong, and now Mingo -- have about equal notoriety. Here is the list of players who have worn No. 51 in the history of the franchise, per Pro Football Reference:

From To AV
Dale Lindsey 1965 1972 32
Leo Tierney 1978 1978 3
Eddie Johnson 1981 1990 37
Gerald Dixon 1993 1995 6
Lenoy Jones 1999 2002 2
Ryan Taylor 2000 2000 0
Chaun Thompson 2003 2007 17
Shantee Orr 2008 2008 1
Alex Hall 2009 2009 1
Chris Gocong 2010 2012 17
Barkevious Mingo 2013 2014 9