May 10, 2013; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo (51) practices during rookie minicamp at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns LB Barkevious Mingo needs 'further medical evaluation'

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Cleveland Browns first-round pick Barkevious Mingo’s status is still up in the air for the team’s season-opener and he will need to undergo further medical evaluation before learning whether or not he can play in Week One, according to the Akron Beacon-Journal.

“I think that we’re pleased in how he’s doing and the fact that he’s back out on the field, limited, but back out on the field,” Banner said. “We’ll probably know in the next two to three days whether he’ll be able to play this week. We’re still hopeful, but we won’t know for sure until later in the week.”

Mingo has missed time due to a bruised lung that was suffered during the preseason, but he is close to a return to the field.

While the team will continue to monitor Mingo’s status, it is highly unlikely that he will make his NFL regular season debut until Week 2 of the season.

Once he is able to return, he will be a part of the outside linebacker rotation along with Paul Kruger and Jabaal Sheard. The Browns pass rushing trio could turn in to one of the scariest in the league.

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