The Cleveland Browns have looked like a team on the rise this preseason, but they’ve lost one of their most promising young players for potentially a significant amount of time.
Barkevious Mingo, the No.6 overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, is suffering from a bruised lung that is being called “very, very unusual”. It was initially thought the injury would sideline Mingo for less than a month from the day he suffered the injury, which would have put his return date around the second or third game of the regular season.
But now comes a report from the Cleveland Plain Dealer that Mingo is coughing up blood, and now, no one knows when the former LSU standout will be able to return to the field:
The fact that he’s spitting up blood means it’s not a minor contusion,” Dr. Philip A. Linden, Chief of Thoracic Surgery at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, said. Linden has not treated Mingo. “There’s something significant going on there.”
And then there’s this:
Dr. Clark Fuller, Director of Thoracic Surgery at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., said he wouldn’t plan on Mingo being ready for the opener Sept. 8 against the Dolphins. He agreed that the issue could — and probably should — take months to resolve.