The Johnny Manziel era is getting off to a rough start in Cleveland.
First star wideout Josh Gordon is suspended for the entire 2014-15 NFL season due to testing positive for marijuana for a second time. Now there is a possibility that receiver Nate Burleson won’t be available by the start of the season as Chris Mortensen of ESPN has reported that the veteran has fractured his arm.
With Josh Gordon leading the way, Burleson was brought in to provide some depth at the wide receiver position for whichever quarterback would be behind center. Looking at how things are currently playing out, that dream is turning into a nightmare right in front of management’s eyes.
And this isn’t the first time Burleson has had a major injury to his arm. Last season, as a member of the Detroit Lions, Burleson broke his arm in a car accident that involved him reaching for a pizza while the car was in motion. This forced the 11-year veteran to miss nearly half the season, appearing in 9 games where he posted 461 yards and grabbed 1 touchdown.
Outside Burleson and Gordon, the Browns have seven other receivers on the roster, none with more than four years of NFL experience. They’ve yet to choose a receiver in the draft, passing up Marquise Lee in the process, so Browns management will have to do some serious micro-managing to make sure the core that starts the season is a capable group.