Browns will be without Jadeveon Clowney against Chargers
Jadeveon Clowney has played a full season just once in his career and that will continue to be the case as he will miss Week 5 for the Cleveland Browns
On Saturday, the Cleveland Browns got some bad news as it was announced starting left tackle Jedrick Wills was going to be out against the Los Angeles Chargers. On Sunday, some more bad news hit as Jadevon Clowney was officially ruled out for the game against the Chargers.
Heading into the weekend, there was hope that Clowney would play despite dealing with an elbow issue throughout the week. On Friday, he practiced but was not a full participant.
Apparently, things were any better by Sunday as it was announced 90 minutes before kickoff that he would sit out.
Injuries have been a problem for Clowny his entire career. He played a full 16-game season just once, which was back in 2017 with the Houston Texans. In 2020, he managed just eight games with the Tennessee Titans, spending the second half of the campaign on the injured reserve.
Clowney has been solid for Cleveland, recording 10 tackles, two sacks, and 12 quarterback pressures thus far. It will be tough to try and slow down a red-hot Justin Herbert without their second star pass rusher — but at least Myles Garrett will still have another first-round pick opposite him.
With Clowney out, the Browns will start Takk McKinley who was taken in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. He too is in his first season with the Browns and has nine tackles with 1.5 sacks and three pressures.
Cleveland general manager Andrew Berry did a great job building depth this offseason and in Week 5, that depth will be tested.