Browns rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo is expected to be sidelined for about a week or so after suffering a bruised lung Thursday during the team’s 24-6 preseason win over the Detroit Lions, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported this morning.
“Browns first-rounder Barkevious Mingo should only miss a week or so with his bruised lung,” Rapoport wrote on Twitter. “Expected out of the hospital today.”
A doctor said Mingo might be out for 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. It wouldn’t be surprising if Mingo sat out.
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, and Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said he would be hospitalized overnight as a precaution.
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.
Mingo was one of five Browns players injured Thursday.
Starting right guard Jason Pinkston suffered a high ankle sprain and will undergo an MRI to make sure he doesn’t have ligament damage, Rapoport reported. He’ll likely be out 2-4 weeks, according to the report.
Pinkston left FirstEnergy Stadium on crutches and in a walking boot after spraining his right ankle in the first quarter. Chudzinski said X-rays were negative.
"I really appreciate everyone's thoughts & prayers," Pinkston tweeted this morning.
Pinkston was filling in for right guard Shawn Lauvao, who underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery last week. Rookie Garrett Gilkey, a seventh-round draft pick, replaced Pinkston.
Backup running back Dion Lewis (fractured left fibula), backup tight end Gary Barnidge (sprained shoulder) and undrafted rookie kicker Brandon Bogotay (groin tightness) also left the game with injuries.
Lewis’ season could be finished, but the Browns don't know yet whether they'll place him on injured reserve for the rest of the year. They could place him on IR and designate him to return after Week 8 of the regular season. Either way, they could certainly use reinforcements at running back because Montario Hardesty underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Thursday.
"Thanks for all the prayers," Lewis tweeted today.
Barnidge sprained an AC joint in a shoulder, a league source said. Barnidge is expected to miss a few days of practice and will likely sit out against the Colts, the source said.
Last night, Barnidge responded to several of his Twitter followers to tell them he would be fine.
"I'm alright nothing serious good to go," he tweeted.
After the game, Bogotay said he thinks he’ll be ready to play the Colts next week. He said he felt the tightness late in the first half and doesn't know if a specific kick caused it.
"It's nothing severe or anything," Bogotay said. "I was actually going to try to foam roll and get some heat on it and head back out there. But after they looked at it, they felt it’s probably not the best decision for me to go back out there."
Stay tuned for more on these injuries.