The Cleveland Browns are in position to make another run at the AFC North lead, but they will have to do so with a hit to their pass rush. On Monday morning it was announced that defensive captain Quentin Groves would be placed on the injured reserve list, which will end his season.
The outside linebacker was one of the players that followed defensive coordinator Ray Horton over from the Arizona Cardinals, but his season was never able to get into full swing.
In Week 2, Groves suffered an ankle injury that continued to hold him back and it ultimately contributed to the end of his year.
Groves finishes the season with just two sacks.
While Groves was not a starter — those duties belong to Paul Kruger and Jabaal Sheard — he was an important part of the rotation at outside linebacker. Without his presence, first-round pick Barkevious Mingo will be called on to produce even more.
Cleveland returns to the field next Sunday against the division rival Cincinnati Bengals, in a game that can draw them one step closer to retaking the division lead.