Cleveland Browns safety Grant Delpit has fought through several injuries in his young career and is set to make his NFL debut on Sunday against the Houston Texans.
Grant Delpit was ready to make an impact for the Cleveland Browns defense right off of the bat after he fell into Andrew Berry’s lap in the second-round of the 2020 NFL Draft but the infamous injury bug had different thoughts.
While Delpit was going through a training camp practice in late August, 2020, he suffered a non-contact injury. An MRI later revealed that Delpit had ruptured his Achilles tendon and would need surgery that would ultimately force him to miss what would have been his rookie season.
Delpit was expected to be a mid-teen first-round selection after his sophomore year at LSU where he finished the season with 74 total tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, five sacks and five interceptions.
However, Delpit’s junior year impacted his draft stock in negative way after he only racked up 4.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks and two interceptions.
Throughout the 2020 season, Delpit attacked his rehab in hopes of being ready to return and start the 2021 season alongside his teammates.
Delpit then missed two weeks of training camp this year because of a hamstring injury. Finally, he was able to get back onto the field and assured reporters that he would not be behind and would hopefully be ready to go for Week 1.
On that same day he returned to practice, he left early and re-aggravated that same hamstring injury that kept him out of practice for two weeks.
Delpit was ruled out for the teams highly anticipated Week 1 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs because the team seemed to not think he was ready for in-game action.
On Friday, Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said that Delpit will be making his NFL debut on Sunday against the Houston Texans.
Lucky for Cleveland, they have two other exceptional safeties who can help Delpit find his grove in John Johnson and Ronnie Harrison.
Delpit will likely play in a limited fashion on Sunday but nevertheless he will be out there playing football with his teammates, something that he has been wanting to do for over a year now.