Daily Dawg Tags: Another defensive playmaker goes down
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns lost defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah to a season-ending foot injury on Sunday. Such is life for everyone’s favorite 0-10 team.
The Cleveland Browns apparently just can’t have nice things.
A week after losing starting linebacker Jamie Collins to a season-ending knee injury, the Browns lost starting defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah to a broken foot that will require surgery and put an end to a promising second season.
Ogbah, a second-round draft pick in 2016 by a front office that “can’t draft players” was injured on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was in the midst of the best play of his career, as he had two sacks last week against the Detroit Lions to give him a team-leading four on the season, and was a big key of Cleveland’s top-ranked run defense that is giving up just 3.1 yards per carry.
Ogbah also teamed with rookie defensive end Myles Garrett to give the Browns a pair of bookends on the defensive line that continued to make life difficult for opposing quarterbacks.
But because of a high-ankle sprain that kept Garrett out of the lineup for the first four games of the season, plus a game that Garrett missed because of a concussion, the duo were only on the field together for four-and-a-half games this season, according to clevelandbrowns.com.
The good news is that Ogbah is expected to make a full recovery, and even with an expected timeframe of three to four months of rehab after surgery, should be back in plenty of time for the Browns offseason activities.
The bad news is that Browns fans won’t get to see Ogbah and Garrett work their magic together again until September of next year. Oh, and it also means more of defensive end Nate Orchard, who is very good at taking up space but not much else.
Such is life for the Browns.
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"Another season, another suspension for a Steelers player. This time it’s offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert, suspended by the NFL Monday without pay for the next four games for violating its policy on performance enhancing substances."
Marcus Peters challenges Trump to meet with him and Marshawn Lynch (Kansas City Star)
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