Cleveland Browns first-round pick Barkevious Mingo had a setback during the preseason when he suffered a bruised lung that forced him to have a two-night stay in the local hospital. Luckily for Mingo, everything is going well in his recovery and he will be ready to go early in the regular season, but he will not be ready for the team’s season-opener next week at home against the Miami Dolphins.
From ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
Browns LB Barkevious Mingo unlikely to play opener vs. Miami due to bruised lung. He’s probable for week 2 vs. Balt.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 29, 2013
Mingo is a naturally talented pass rusher and an athletic freak, but he was not expected to crack the starting line up to start the year. Those honors go to Jabaal Sheard and free agent acquisition Paul Krugers, but Mingo will still see plenty of action in the rotation once he is 100 percent.
The Browns are one of the most talented young teams in the league, so they will be one to watch this season.
Add in the new aggressive play calling of offensive coordinator Norv Turner and defensive coordinator Ray Horton, and the Browns should be an exciting team to watch in 2013.