One of the biggest goals, outside of the team learning Mike Pettine and Kyle Shanahan’s system’s, is keeping their players healthy. While Josh Gordon‘s possible absence and the quarterback competition have taken center stage, 2 big Cleveland Browns injuries could have a huge impact on the season as well.
Thumb injury will keep Skrine out for rest of preseason. .Pettine is hoping to have him for Pittsburgh. #Browns
— Jeff Schudel (@jsbrownsinsider) August 16, 2014
Skrine was having an outstanding camp and keeping Justin Gilbert from just assuming the #2 corner job. Skrine will be a free agent at the end of the season and had put himself in a position to get a big pay day this off-season if his improvements carried over to the regular season. Skrine is expected to be back in time for opening weekend against the Steelers but by that point it is likely that Gilbert will have locked down the #2 spot. Skrine, Gilbert and Joe Haden should be a solid to great cornerback trio, as long as Skrine can return.
#Browns HC Mike Pettine said wrist surgery for DE Desmond Bryant is still a possibility. Getting second medical opinion.
— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) August 16, 2014
Bryant also has had a good camp and was expected to have a huge impact on the defensive line. While the team has depth on the defensive line, Bryant was expected to start and be moved all over the line. He is able to play inside on a 4 man front and outside on an odd front. He is disruptive in both the run and pass games. A wrist injury would have a huge impact on his ability to use his hands to shed blockers. Being able to wrap up tackles would also be impacted. The Browns should take it slow with him to make sure he heals fully.
How are you feeling about these injuries?