Browns rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo was limited again during practice today as he continues to recover from a bruised lung.
Mingo, the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft, participated in some non-contact drills with the linebackers, backpedaling running around cones and catching passes. But he sat out once the linebackers started hitting a blocking sled. He also watched team punting drills from the sideline.
Reporters were allowed to watch about the first 30 minutes of practice.
Browns CEO Joe Banner told the Beacon Journal Tuesday that Mingo would undergo further medical testing this week to determine whether he’ll be able to play Sunday in the regular-season opener against the visiting Miami Dolphins. He said the Browns expect to know Mingo’s status by Thursday or Friday.
Mingo was diagnosed with a bruised lung after he left a preseason game against the Detroit Lions Aug. 15.
“I think that we’re pleased in how he’s doing and the fact that he’s back out on the field, limited, but back out on the field,” Banner said. “We’ll probably know in the next two to three days whether he’ll be able to play this week. We’re still hopeful, but we won’t know for sure until later in the week.”
Mingo is the main backup to Jabaal Sheard, who will start at right outside linebacker opposite Paul Kruger. Because Mingo might be ruled out for the opener, Sheard said he and Kruger have been doing extra conditioning to prepare for more playing time.
“On the side, you’ll see me and Krug doing a little extra running,” Sheard said. “You really have to get more running. You’ve got to be in shape.”
Right guard Shawn Lauvao (high ankle sprain) was the only player on the Browns’ active roster who did not practice today. Lauvao has been ruled out for the opener. But there is some encouraging news for Lauvao – he strolled through the locker room today without the walking boot he had been wearing for the past month.
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