NFL News: Dion Lewis fractures fibula, Barkevious Mingo hospitalized

The news coming from Cleveland head coach Rob Chudzinski after the Browns’ 24-6 preseason win over the Detroit Lions was tough to hear.

Running back Dion Lewis suffered a fractured fibula during the third quarter of the game on a third and nine swing pass. This is a tough blow, as it likely means Lewis will begin the regular season on the PUP list, at least. The soon-to-be 23-year-old former Pitt and Philadelphia Eagle back was acquired in a trade for Emmanuel Acho.

First round pick Barkevious Mingo was originally reported out with a rib injury, but actually bruised his lung and was kept in the hospital overnight for precautions.

Guard Jason Pinkston had an ankle sprain (x-rays were negative) and was seen on crutches with his right leg in a boot coming out of the Browns locker room after the game. After missing most of the 2012 season with blood clots, Pinkston was an easy guy to root for as he was finally healthy and lined up to receive the starting nod.

Kicker Brendon Bogotay suffered a ‘tight groin’ and wasn’t able to finish the game. Tight end Gary Barnidge also injured his shoulder in the game. The Browns called it a shoulder sprain.

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(Jacob Rosen contributed to this piece.)

  • DylonW

    I don’t think a player can go on PUP once he’s in camp. They could designate him the IR to return but can only use it once so does Hardesty go on IR for the season or do they cut him?

  • Robbie S

    Cut him. If they put Hardesty on the IR, he’ll have been injured for 2 out of his 3 years.

  • Depending on how long Hardesty is supposed to be out, the Browns might need him with Lewis going down. I just don’t know if they’ll go into the year with Trich, Jackson, Ogbonnaya and Maysonet? Will they go to the outside to bring in a 4th RB? Will they count on Hardesty coming back? Time for Lombardi and company to do some work.

    Poor Dion Lewis. He was looking like a good weapon.

  • Tommy

    I realize this may sound nutty…. I know already this is going to get a bad reaction *sigh*… But I just looked at the free agent market and who’s available… We could bring back Peyton Hillis?

  • DylonW

    Is Lewis’ injury season ending or is a mid-season return possible?

  • DylonW

    I think he’s signed with Tampa.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Tough break literally and figuratively with Lewis. The Browns were beaten up last night. I’m afraid this is where depth will become a problem fortunately at RB they still have plenty of options. The unfortunate part is Dion Lewis was more then a backup RB on this team.

  • Garry_Owen

    Looking for a reason to wear that old #40 jersey, huh?