The story of the Cleveland Browns season has not been fully written at this point but injuries will be an obvious chapter to the story. Overcoming injuries, along with the top-shelf defense, is the theme for the Browns as they have started the year with a 7-3 record.
Prior to Week 11 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland’s major injuries have come on the offensive side of the ball:
- RB Nick Chubb
- OL Jack Conklin
- QB Deshaun Watson
Even OL Jedrick Wills' injury placed him on injured reserve even though he is expected to return.
Now, safety Rodney McLeod joins that list from the defensive side of the ball:
#Browns Kevin Stefanski said S Rodney McLeod has a season-ending bicep injury that will require surgery.— Camryn Justice (@camijustice) November 20, 2023
With Juan Thornhill missing time and DC Jim Schwartz’s use of three safeties at times, McLeod has been a key component of the defense.
Undrafted safeties D’Anthony Bell and Ronnie Hickman are currently slated to provide depth behind Grant Delpit and Thornhill (if/when he is back on the field).
GM Andrew Berry could scour the free agent market for a veteran to help provide depth to the safety room as well.