Rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo has been medically cleared for contact and is expected to make his NFL regular-season debut Sunday when the Browns visit the Baltimore Ravens, ESPN’s Ed Werder reported this morning.
Browns coach Rob Chudzinski is scheduled to meet with reporters at 10:50 a.m. today, at which time he will give an update on Mingo’s status.
Mingo, the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft, was diagnosed with a bruised lung Aug. 15 after he left a preseason game against the Detroit Lions, forcing him to miss the final two exhibition games and Sunday’s 23-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins in the regular-season opener.
Last week, Mingo participated in practice on a limited basis, but he sat out contact drills, including ones in which his teammates hit blocking sleds and tackling dummies.
Mingo, a backup outside linebacker who’s expected to receive significant playing time as a situational pass rusher, believes he suffered the unusual injury during the opening kickoff against the Lions, even though he cannot identify a specific big hit as the culprit.
He spit up blood on the sideline and experienced shortness of breath before doctors examined him. He was taken to the Cleveland Clinic’s main campus during the game and spent two nights there before being released.