No, this is not a repeat article from earlier today.
No, this is not a repeat article from yesterday.
The Cleveland Browns season has been defined by injuries and overcoming those injuries on the way to an 8-5 season. At some point, logically, those injuries should add to losses and poor play. That is what has happened around the NFL but not for the Browns.
When the Browns signed DE Sam Kamara we had some confusion as to that decision given other injuries and QB Joe Flacco needing a roster spot soon.
Now, we have the answer as DT Maurice Hurst joins the litany of players out for the year with a pectoral injury. Hurst addressed the injury on social media after the team made the announcement:
My 2023 season is over, and the frustration is unbearable. However I am grateful to my teammates, coaches, staff, and the city of Cleveland for welcoming me and making me a part of this family…. I’ll be back better than before pic.twitter.com/6qHYlcFvWc— Maurice Hurst II (@mohurstjr) December 12, 2023
A lightly sought-after free agent, Hurst has been a key component to Cleveland’s defense with his quick first step and great hands. As is true with most interior defensive linemen, his stats (22 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 5 QB hits, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT, 1 fumble recovery) don’t do his impact justice.
Kamara may step in to help in Hurst’s role as a pass rusher while rookie Siaki Ika might also be active. While Ika is also a defensive tackle, his game is not similar to Hurst’s.
- QB PJ Walker to the practice squad
- OL Dawand Jones to injured reserve
- DE Sam Kamara signed to active roster
What are your feelings as you see yet another season-ending injury for the Browns?