Reports out of Berea this morning indicate that the Browns front-seven will be taking an early blow. Barkevious Mingo was finally healthy heading into this season after a nagging shoulder injury plagued him all last season. However, it appears he'll be back on the mend now.
According to the report, Mingo suffered the injury in Tuesday's practice, and had an MRI yesterday. It's not only an unfortunate setback for Mingo himself, but the Browns' rush attack that's looking to have some guys step up. We know that Jabaal Sheard left via free agency to the Patriots, so Mingo was set to battle for more reps.
As Chris indicated in his Day 6 report yesterday, Mingo missed practice yesterday, and Scott Solomon and Nate Orchard stepped up in his absence. As Chris included in his recap, Orchard had a solid day:
Nate Orchard has been getting into the backfield a lot today. Would have had at least one sack in a live game. #Browns— Dan Labbe (@dan_labbe) August 5, 2015
Early indications are that he'll miss just a few weeks, but it could be more. According to reports, he could miss the four preseason games, with an optimistic shot at returning for the regular season opener against the Jets.
Here's to hoping that knee heals fast!