Tashaun Gipson Now Done for the Season: Impact?
The Cleveland Browns were holding out hope that NFL INT leader Tashaun Gipson could return in the last game or two of the season. Now that the Browns playoff hopes are all but over Gipson is done for the season:
For the Browns and Gipson this just makes sense. The Browns don’t need to risk putting a less than 100% player out on the field in games that won’t decide whether they go to the playoffs or not. Gipson is set to be a restricted free agent, one that the Browns will make sure to try to lock up as soon as possible. No need for the team or the player to risk injury.
This is typical MO for teams when they fall out of playoff positioning. Rest up veterans who are hurt while giving more playing time to younger players to get a better idea of how they are developing.
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Pierre Desir has been one player who has taken advantage of all the injuries in the defensive backfield. The Browns had wanted to keep Desir off the field this year, as he develops from the small college Lindenwood. Instead he has played well and given the Browns hope for next year.
Jordan Poyer is the only young(ish) safety that will get some time with Gipson’s injury. With Jim Leonhard starting in Gipson’s place, Poyer has played good enough as a third safety and even at corner at times. His versatility is an asset.
With Leonhard likely retiring after the season, expect the Browns to invest in another safety, or even two, with their whopping 10 draft picks in the upcoming draft.
How the injury impacts negotiations with Gipson after the season will be very interesting.
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