Cleveland Browns first round linebacker Barkevious Mingo suffered a bruised lung during the team’s second preseason game of the year against the Detroit Lions. The injury kept Mingo in the hospital for nearly two days, but now he is free and feeling like he’s closing in on 100 percent.
“I’m feeling really good,” Mingo told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I’d rather be out there, but I’ve got to listen to the doctors and take it slow and easy. I was like this when I was in the hospital that night and I told them I was fine. But they’ve got the got the scans and they made the right call.”
After hearing some of the scary follow up reports, the Browns medical staff made the right move and needs to be applauded for their decision. Some credit also has to go to Mingo for raising the awareness of what was going on instead of trying to “tough it out.”
One doctor told the Plain Dealer that one more hit to the chest of Mingo could have been fatal, so let’s all be thankful that disaster was avoided and he can be back in the saddle in a matter of time.
Mingo is expected to miss two to three weeks, but should be ready for the start of the season.