The Cleveland Browns will be without another starter for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams - and possibly for some time afterward.
A day after news broke that tight end David Njoku may require surgery to fix a broken wrist, the Browns announced on Thursday that linebacker Christian Kirksey will miss Sunday’s game with an undisclosed chest injury.
Kirskey was injured at some point during Monday night’s game against the New York Jets and may require surgery, according to cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot:
#Browns Christian Kirksey has a potentially serious chest injury that might require surgery. Conferring with docs to determine best course of action https://t.co/g6oSG8Dgqu— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) September 19, 2019
When asked about it during his media session on Thursday, head coach Freddie Kitchens was light on details, according to clevelandbrowns.com:
“Christian we are trying to evaluate and see what the best course of action is with him. I think we are talking to other doctors to see what the action is.”
It is a tough break for Kirksey, one of the team’s captains, who also missed the final six games of last season with an injury. He is in his sixth season with the Browns and has been a full-time starter since 2016.
Kirksey was in for 57 plays against the Jets and finished with one tackle and three assists. He opened the season with six tackles, including two tackles for loss, against the Tennessee Titans.
Rookie Mack Wilson will take over Kirksey’s starting spot against the Rams, according to Kitchens.