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Browns rookie Barkevious Mingo says he's 'feeling really good,' eager to come back from bruised lung

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 17, 2013

Browns rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo watched practice today and wanted to join the action, but he must let his bruised lung heal first.

“I’m feeling really good,” Mingo said after practice. “Whenever the doctors and the coaches clear me, I’ll be back out there with those guys and trying to help this team win games.”

Mingo believes he suffered the unusual injury during the opening kickoff of the Browns’ second preseason game Thursday night against the visiting Detroit Lions. He knew something was wrong because he couldn’t catch his breath and he spit up blood on the sideline early in the game.

Mingo left the game late in the first quarter after participating in five or six special teams plays. He ran off the field and to the locker room early in the second quarter and was taken to the Cleveland Clinic’s main campus before the game ended.

The sixth overall pick in this year’s draft, Mingo spent Thursday and Friday night in the hospital before being released this morning.

“I’m perfectly fine,” Mingo said. “I was trying to get out [of the hospital] early yesterday. They wouldn’t let me, but they’re just being very precautious. They don’t want anything to happen the day after or whatever. They’re just doing their jobs.

“I would think it would be serious, but like I said, I feel fine. I would rather be out there [practicing], but I’ve got to listen to the doctors and take their advice and take it slow and easy.”

Mingo said his ribs were not hurt.

“Ribs are perfect,” Mingo said. “No pain, no bruising. I’m not sore. It kind of took the doctors for surprise, too. They figured there should be some soreness, but there wasn’t.”

Mingo said he hasn’t been given an estimated timeline of when he’ll be able to play again.

He’s expected to miss at least a week or two as his lung heals, a league source told the Beacon Journal, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the situation. He’ll sit out the Browns’ “dress rehearsal” Aug. 24 at the Indianapolis Colts and possibly their Aug. 29 preseason finale at the Chicago Bears. The Browns open the regular season Sept. 8 at home against the Miami Dolphins.

Mingo is disappointed he’ll miss some time.

“I think this is the best way to help anybody learn,” Mingo said. “You have to go through it. I learn better when I do stuff, so now I’m missing out on valuable reps that could help me down the season. But like I said earlier, whenever the doctors and the coaches clear me to get back on the field, that’s when I’ll be back.”

Although Mingo said he thinks he suffered the injury on the opening kickoff, he’s not exactly sure which hit would have caused a bruised lung.

“It’s very unusual,” Mingo said. “I was trying to think back to what happened, and I didn’t feel a hit was delivered that hard to make that happen. So it was a shock to me, but they’re doing everything they can to get me back right and get me back on the field.”

Mingo said his brothers were in town for the game and visited him in the hospital. He didn’t consider the situation a scare because he felt OK.

“Honestly, no it wasn’t [scary],” Mingo said. “If I didn’t have the shortness of breath, I think I would’ve still been out there. Nothing else was that bad that I made me think I needed to get out. Just I couldn’t catch my breath. I thought it would be a good idea to tell the coaches. They got the trainers. They recognized those symptoms and they pulled me out. They made the right call.”

San Diego Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal suffered a bruised lung today during practice, the team announced.

"It’s contagious," Mingo said. "Yeah, I hope not. I hope there’s not anymore."

Other injury updates

Cornerback Chris Owens sat out practice with an unspecified illness, and defensive end Desmond Bryant was sidelined with back trouble.

Cornerback Trevin Wade injured his right shoulder after he dived in front of wide receiver Josh Cooper and intercepted a pass from quarterback Jason Campbell during team drills. Wade immediately left the action and walked off the field with a trainer 15 minutes later.

Wide receivers Naaman Roosevelt (hamstring), Jordan Norwood (hamstring) and David Nelson (knee), punter T.J. Conley (groin), kicker Brandon Bogotay (groin) and Bryant did not practice, but they worked out on the side with trainers.

Running backs Montario Hardesty (arthroscopic knee surgery) and Dion Lewis (fractured fibula) and offensive linemen Ryan Miller (concussion), Jason Pinkston (high right ankle sprain), Shawn Lauvao (arthroscopic ankle surgery), Chris Faulk (arthroscopic knee surgery) and tight end Gary Barnidge (sprained shoulder) also sat out.

Like Mingo, Barnidge was on the field watching practice.

Miller, who has been out since he suffered a concussion July 27, has been coming to the team’s facility on a regular basis, a team spokesman said.

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