Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Danny Shelton was a new addition to the injury report on Thursday. He was listed as a non-participant in Thursday’s practice, with a calf injury.
Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot confirms that the injury was suffered in Wednesday’s practice and that he underwent an MRI later that day. Cabot described the injury as “non-contact,” and “out of the blue.”
#Browns Danny Shelton underwent MRI on calf Wednesday, is hopeful it's nothing serious. Non-contact, out of the blue in practice Wed— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) September 28, 2017
Danny Shelton calf injury on Wednesday. Feels good, but had MRI and was set to talk to doctor late Thursday:
Head coach Hue Jackson was asked about Shelton’s injury and status, but provided little details until more information becomes available. He did, though, confirm that Shelton’s injury occurred during Wednesday’s session. On it’s long-term impact, Jackson could only say, “we will see.”
Shelton had his best performance of the season in Week 3’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts, totaling seven combined tackles, including two for a loss, on his 31 defensive snaps, earning him praise from Pro Football Focus.
It was a performance Jackson acknowledged on Thursday: “Danny has been playing well. Danny has been contributing to our defense and doing extremely well.” For what it’s worth, Shelton “sounded optimistic” about his pending prognosis, according to the Canton Repository’s Steve Doerschuk, but did note that he has yet to see a doctor, something that was planned for later Thursday.
Danny Shelton (calf) sees "the doc" "in about two hours." "I'll know better than (about playing Sunday)," he said. Sounded optimistic.— Steve Doerschuk (@sdoerschukREP) September 28, 2017
Jackson, too, doesn’t sound that certain that Shelton’s injury will be of the long-term variety, though he was clearly noncommittal on Thursday ahead of Shelton’s follow-up with the medical staff. “Hopefully, it is nothing major,” said Jackson, “I don’t know that for sure. I’m not sure it is, and I’m not sure that it is not. We will see where we are as we go through the end of the week.”
In other injury news on the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Jamie Collins remains in the concussion protocol. He suffered the concussion in Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens and did not participate in Thursday’s practice, which likely has him out for Sunday’s meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Additionally, defensive end Myles Garrett has returned to practice, participating in team drills for the first time since suffering a high ankle sprain in Week 1 and increasing the chances that he returns to the field on Sunday.