Browns rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo returned to practice today and participated in individual drills after sitting out the past two weeks with a bruised lung.
It was the first time Mingo practiced since his unusual injury was discovered Aug. 15 during a preseason game against the Detroit Lions.
Mingo, the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft, sprinted around cones and caught passes during a pass-coverage drill. He did not engage in contact during the 30-minute portion of practice open to the media. Mingo warmed up with the team and watched a punt drill from the sideline at the beginning of practice.
A Browns spokesman said Mingo was limited in practice, meaning he likely did not participate in team drills. The Browns will not make him available for interviews until Friday.
Mingo’s status for the Browns’ regular-season opener Sunday against the visiting Miami Dolphins is unknown. Last week, ESPN reported Mingo is unlikely to play in Week 1, but he’s probable for Week 2 Sept. 15 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Mingo, a backup right outside linebacker who’s expected to receive significant playing time this season in pass-rushing situations, did not travel to either of the team’s final two exhibition games. He started running and working out in the weight room last week.
Medical personnel began examining Mingo on the sideline against the Lions because he said he was spitting up blood and experiencing shortness of breath. Mingo was taken to the Cleveland Clinic’s main campus before the game ended and spent two nights in the hospital.
Mingo insisted he did not suffer any broken ribs. Mingo said he believes his lung was bruised during the opening kickoff against the Lions, but neither he nor the Browns have been able to identify one specific hit as the culprit. Still, Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said last week that the diagnosis for Mingo was still a bruised lung.
Four other Browns players returned to practice today: wide receiver Davone Bess (tendinitis knee), cornerback Chris Owens (strained foot arch), starting tight end Jordan Cameron (strained groin) and starting right defensive end Desmond Bryant (back).
The only players who were absent from practice were guards Shawn Lauvao and Jason Pinkston. Both of them suffered high-ankle sprains last month and will miss the early stages of the regular season.