During the Browns’ 16-7 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, both Shaun Rogers and Brodney Pool suffered some particularly devastating injuries. Rogers left the game with a lower left leg and ankle injury during the game and has now been placed on injured reserve, making him miss the rest of the season. He will be going into surgery to fix the damage and will be replaced by Ahtyba Rubin, the team’s sixth-round pick out of Iowa State in 2008. Defensive end Kenyon Coleman (knee) and linebacker Kamerion Wimbley (knee) were the other defensive starters injured on Sunday.
As for Brodney Pool, he has more to worry about than just the rest of his season. After suffering his fourth concussion in five seasons, Pool must consider if he wants to continue playing in the NFL. The Browns can take as many precautions as they want to keep Pool safe if he continues to play, but there is no way to ensure he won’t suffer another concussion.
It’s really unfortunate to have to see these players go down with serious injuries during such a meaningless season. Players like Pool and Rogers give it their all on the field, and the most they have to show for it is a 1-10 record and season (and potentially career) – ending injuries. Oh, and plenty of money. Still, it is unfortunate to see this happen to players during a season like this.