The Cleveland Browns could be without their best pass-rusher this Sunday, as linebacker Jabaal Sheard did not practice today, and looks to be doubtful for Round 1 of the Battle of Ohio.
The Browsn aren’t exactly in a terrible position with his absence though, as they have a top-10 draft pick waiting in the wings if he can’t go.
Rookie first-round pick Barkevious Mingo would make his first start if injured linebackers Sheard and Quentin Groves, who’s also battling injury, can’t play.
“You know (we’re) still waiting to see how everything unfolds (on the injury front), but if I’m called upon I’m going to take the opportunity and run with it.” Mingo said during a conference call, via The Plain Dealer. “I can if I’m called upon to do so.”
He recorded a sack on his first play and added another one last week in the Browns’ 31-27 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Mingo has contributed six tackles and a deflected pass, and looks to be everything the Browns had hoped he’d be when they made him the No. 6 overall pick this past April.