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.)