Emmanuel Ogbah added to Cleveland Browns injury report
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns added rookie outside linebacker Emmanuel Ogbah to the injury report for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Cleveland Browns released their latest injury report for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles and starting outside linebacker Emmanuel Ogbah’s name has been added.
Ogbah, the Browns second-round draft pick out of Oklahoma State, was listed as limited in Thursday’s practice with a hamstring injury.
While head coach Hue Jackson did not address Ogbah’s injury directly, he did point out that the coaching staff has been pleased with the rookie’s progress.
“Wherever they wanted me to play, that is where I was going to play.” – Emmanuel Ogbah
“I liked all of the characteristics that he showed. He has really good initial quickness, he is a big guy (and) he is tough,” Jackson said during his media session. “He is learning the National Football League game, but he has made some plays obviously in the preseason. He needs to transfer that now from the preseason mentality to the regular season. We are looking forward to watching him play this Sunday.”
The Browns drafted Ogbah, who played defensive end in college, with the idea of switching him to outside linebacker. Desmond Bryant’s season-ending injury temporarily changed that plan, however, as Ogbah spent training camp and the preseason working as a lineman. The release of linebacker Paul Kruger led the Browns to revert back to the original plan.
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Ogbah earned a starting spot opposite fellow rookie Joe Schobert by taking the fluid situation in stride, according to Jackson, something that hasn’t always been the case with recent high draft picks.
“He hasn’t blinked that way. A lot of our rookies are kind of like that. They are really eager to please and want to work at it and do whatever the coaches are asking them to do,” Jackson said. “Did that impress me? Yes because the guy is used to putting his hand down. He was standing up and then we put his hand back down and we stood him up again.
“He keeps working at it, and that is all you ask for as a player. Here is your opportunity, go work at it and be the best you can be.”
The rest of the injury report showed defensive back Tracy Howard and wide receiver Ricardo Louis, both nursing hamstring injuries, and cornerback Tramon Williams, who has been battling a toe injury, as full participants. Left tackle Joe Thomas also returned to practice after having the day off on Wednesday.
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Defensive back Marcus Burley, who has a groin injury, was the only player that did not practice due to an injury.