The Cleveland Browns are already dealing with a rash of injuries
For the second season in a row there is hype surrounding the Cleveland Browns as they boast one of the most talened rosters in the NFL but there is some bad news coming out of training camp. First, there was the tackle seen around the world as Mack Wilson grabbed Nick Chubb by the back of the shoulder pads and slammed him. Chubb initially got up but then went to the locker room what could have been anything but it ended up being a concussion.
The next day Wilson was moved to second team then he went down with a non-contact injury to his knee and it looked like his season may be jeopardy. It was reported to by ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that Wilson has a hyperextended knee is trying to avoid surgery.
Then the newly re-signed Myles Garrett suffered a hamstring injury on Wednesday although it is not considered serious. Fellow starter of the defensive line Larry Ogunjobi went down with a groin injury the day before.
Starting center J.C. Tretter went down last Friday with a knee injury and newly acquired cornerback Kevin Johnson suffered an abdominal strain in Wednesday’s practice. Johnson has been an early stand out in training camp and Tretter is the unquestioned leader of the offensive line and probably the team.
These are all players who are obviously crucial to the Browns success this season and thankfully none of them have been season-ending injuries and they still have a chance to be relatively healthy before game one against the Baltimore Ravens on September 13.
There are usually more injuries in training camp but this offseason has been unlike any other, there weren’t any organized team activites before training camp and most of the country was quarantined for months, even though we did still see NFL payers working out together which drew criticism from the NFLPA.
Football is a very physical game and it takes time for the body to get used to taking that kind of impact and these players have had off a few months longer than in a normal offseason. That means injuries both big and small. The Browns have been unlucky in the fact that most of their injuries have come to starters and even a few star players.
We are a little over a month away from the start of the season so most of them should be healthy but they will have limited reps and are at risk of getting hurt again. With no preseason games in 2020, practice reps become more important than ever.
Cleveland has a lot of talent at the top of the roster but they are very thin at some positions so they can’t afford injuries. This will be a very different NFL season and teams will have to adjust on the fly.
For Cleveland that means the young back-ups playing well in relief.