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Browns coach Rob Chudzinski says Mingo to stay in hospital another night, Lewis to undergo surgery

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 16, 2013

Rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo will be kept in the hospital for the second consecutive night with a bruised lung he suffered Thursday in the Browns’ 24-6 preseason win over the Detroit Lions, coach Rob Chudzinski said today during a conference call.

Mingo is expected to be out for at least a week or two, a league source told the Beacon Journal, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the situation.

The Browns will visit the Indianapolis Colts Aug. 24 in their third preseason game. Mingo will sit out then and possibly miss the preseason finale Aug. 29 against the Chicago Bears.

The Browns open the regular season at home Sept. 8 against the Miami Dolphins.
Chudzinski did not give a timetable for Mingo’s return.

Backup running back Dion Lewis will undergo surgery on a fractured left fibula he suffered in the third quarter, though the procedure has yet to be scheduled, Chudzinski said. The Browns could place Lewis on injured reserve for the rest of the year or place him on IR and designate him to return after Week 8 of the regular season, but Chudzinski said the organization has made no such decisions yet.

Starting right guard Jason Pinkston suffered a right high ankle sprain in the first quarter and could miss the early part of the regular season, Chudzinski said. Pinkston will likely be out 2-4 weeks, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported. Rookie Garrett Gilkey, a seventh-round draft pick, filled in for Pinkston against the Lions.

Chudzinski said the Browns couldn’t identify a specific play during which Mingo was hurt. He said medical personnel checked out Mingo because he was out of breath. The last play Mingo participated in was Travis Benjamin’s 84-yard punt return for a touchdown that was nullified by Joe Haden’s holding penalty late in the first quarter.

Mingo, the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft, ran to the locker room early in the second quarter after suffering the injury. He was taken to the Cleveland Clinic’s main campus before the game ended.

“He felt better this morning,” Chudzinski said. “He stayed overnight in the hospital. We’re going to keep him over another night as a precautionary measure. It’s a little bit too early to give you any estimates on where that stands.

“He has a bruised lung. So anytime that there’s that kind of injury, they just want to make sure everything’s OK in terms of his health and breathing and everything else.”

Mingo’s ribs are fine, Chudzinski said.

If Mingo doesn’t miss significant time because of the injury, the Browns will be relieved. Although Mingo is their backup right outside linebacker, they’re counting on him to be a key part of their rotation of edge rushers this year.

With Lewis and Pinkston sidelined, the Browns are in the market for a running back and a guard. Backup running back Montario Hardesty underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Thursday.

“I’m not expecting right now necessarily bringing anybody in,” Chudzinski said. “We’ll just have to see kind of where we’re at with some of these other guys and how soon we’re expecting them back. We’ll sit down and talk a little bit more about that, but those are possibilities.”

Tight end Gary Barnidge (sprained shoulder) is expected to return next week, and kicker Brandon Bogotay (strained groin) is day-to-day, Chudzinski said. Both of them suffered the injuries Thursday. Barnidge sprained an AC joint in a shoulder, a league source said.

Punter T.J. Conley (strained groin) and wide receiver David Nelson (knee) are also day-to-day, Chudzinski said. Neither of them played Thursday. Chudzinski said the Browns hope Nelson returns to practice next week.

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