To this point, linebacker James Burgess and receiver C.J. Board had been making good impressions on the Cleveland Browns as they competed for roster spots. But both were injured in Detroit on Thursday, leaving the game in the second quarter.
Board injured his shoulder and was sent to the locker room, then given a questionable tag on whether he’d return. Because he’s competing for a roster spot, he will potentially see the field again if his injury isn’t significant. Moments later, Burgess left with an apparent head injury. It was announced soon after to media in the press box that he was being evaluated for a concussion.
#Browns LB James Burgess being evaluated for a concussion— Scott Petrak ct (@ScottPetrak) August 31, 2018
Burgess was and is likely going to make the Browns’ 53-man roster, but if he has a concussion that would potentially make him unavailable for next week’s season opener against Pittsburgh that could complicate things. Although, depth concerns stemming from the team’s surprise release of Mychal Kendricks on Wednesday makes that unlikely.
While Board was making a strong push for a spot—he has been a favorite target for Baker Mayfield throughout the preseason and training camp, as well as a solid special teams contributor—any kind of significant shoulder injury would likely land him on injured reserve, making him no longer part of the equation.
We’ll keep you updated on the extent of their injuries as more information becomes available.