Browns lose Jamie Collins for season with an MCL injury
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns were hit with more bad news on Monday as linebacker Jamie Collins will be out for the remainder of the season.
The Cleveland Browns continue to be a franchise that can’t receive a piece of good news without a corresponding bit of bad news following shortly after.
It was more of the same on Monday as the team announced that wide receiver Corey Coleman, who has been out since Week 2 with a broken hand, will return to the lineup on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
That news was tempered by the announcement that linebacker Jamie Collins will be out for the rest of the season after suffering an injury to his MCL during the first quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions.
The Browns did not release any additional details about Collins’ injury, and head coach Hue Jackson could not elaborate on how bad the injury is, according to clevelandbrowns.com.
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It has been a rough season for Collins, who suffered a concussion against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 2 that kept him off the field for four weeks. He will be replaced by James Burgess, who is a nice player, but far from the same level as Collins, who helps stabilize the linebacker position.
Collins is the second key player the Browns have lost for the season to injury, joining left tackle Joe Thomas, who went down with a triceps injury against the Tennessee Titans in Week 6.
As for Coleman, his return should be a boost to a receiving group that, at best, is inconsistent and, at worse, is downright horrible.
Coleman opened the season with a solid game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, catching five passes for 53 yards and a touchdown. Despite not playing since Week 2, Coleman was the co-leader in touchdown receptions among the wide receivers until Kenny Britt hauled in his second touchdown catch of the season on Sunday against the Lions.
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Hopefully Coleman can be more productive on his return from injury this season than he was last year. After missing two months with a hand injury, Coleman only totaled 26 receptions for 240 yards over the final eight games. Of course, being saddled with Robert Griffin III as his quarterback didn’t help.