The Cleveland Browns are expecting big things from defensive ends Emmanuel Ogbah and Myles Garret this season.
In Ogbah’s case, that plan will now be put on hold after he suffered an ankle injury in Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It looks like the injury will keep Ogbah out of the Week 2 game against the New Orleans Saints and possibly longer, head coach Hue Jackson told ohio.com:
“He was able to play through it in the game, but we’ll see how it responds. He may miss some time. But we’ll work through that, too. I don’t know if it’s a true high-ankle sprain. It might be something like that. I don’t think it’s the ankle sprain that lasts six weeks or whatever that is, but we’ll see exactly where it is here later on today.”
It is a tough blow to a Browns team still dealing with a lost opportunity to pull out a season-opening win on Sunday.
Not a surprise after what coach Hue Jackson said, but DE Emmanuel Ogbah walking down hall in walking boot. #Browns.— Scott Petrak ct (@ScottPetrak) September 10, 2018
Ogbah hurt the ankle near the end of the first quarter, but was able to return to the game. The ankle was clearly bothering him, however, as it limited him to just 27 plays and took the spring out of a player who is usually in the middle of the action.
Chris Smith, who the Browns signed in the offseason as a free agent from the Cincinnati Bengals, filled in for Ogbah and registered one tackle and two assists.
If Ogbah can’t go against the Saints, Smith and Anthony Zettel, a waiver claim last week from the Detroit Lions, will fill the position the best they can, according to Jackson.