The Cleveland Browns were hit for the second day in a row on Thursday with a change to the offensive line.
But this time it was something outside the team’s control.
Starting right guard Kevin Zeitler missed practice on Thursday after suffering a calf injury during Wednesday’s practice. While the injury is reportedly not serious, Zeitler will be out for “a while,” head coach Hue Jackson said, according to clevelandbrowns.com:
“He is going to be OK, but he is going to be down for a little while. It is a calf. It is unfortunate, but we will get him back. We will be back and ready to go hopefully in the next couple of weeks or so. Those things do happen in training camp.”
The loss of Zeitler comes on the heels of the team’s decision to move starting left guard Joel Bitonio to left tackle.
#LIVE: Hue Jackson at the podium following Thursday’s practice https://t.co/G3mPT8g9ry— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 2, 2018
So, in the span of about 24 hours, the Browns have gone from having one of the best guard tandems in the NFL to a position filled by Austin Corbett, a rookie who played left tackle for four years in college at Nevada, and Drango, who, on his best day, is ... well ... serviceable.
Zeitler’s absence was noticeable during practice, according to Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository:
RG Kevin Zeitler out two weeks. His absence showed in goal-line drills today.— Steve Doerschuk (@sdoerschukREP) August 2, 2018
Being out for a “couple of weeks” means that Zeitler will miss the preseason opener on August 9 against the New York Giants at a minimum, with the August 17 game against the Buffalo Bills also in jeopardy.