Browns’ Barkevious Mingo not likely to be ready for Week 1

8/30/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsCleveland Browns injured rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo is unlikely to play Week 1 against the Miami Dolphins in Week 1, according to multiple reports. But the team believes if his rehab goes according to plan, Mingo might be able to return for Week 3 against the Baltimore Ravens.
 
The Browns’ sixth-round pick has been out since suffered a bruised lung in the 24-6 win over the Detroit Lions. Mingo reportedly spat blood on the sidelines and experienced shortness of breath during the second preseason game on August 15. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Mingo believed the injury might have occurred on the opening kick against the Lions. Subsequently, Mingo spent two days in the hospital, receiving treatment for the lung injury.
 
The team initially believed the injury to be serious, due to the presence of blood – and expected him to take as long as two months to recover. However, the Browns retain hope that Mingo can return at some point early in the season.
 
Mingo is scheduled for CT scan on Monday, the results of which could help the Browns determine his status for Week 1. So far, the Browns haven’t offered much of a timetable for Mingo’s return.
 
"We have no timetable,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski told reporters earlier this week. "We'll just have to see how he progresses and how he heals.”
 
The 22-year-old Mingo has not practiced since sustaining the lung injury, though he did some running on Tuesday and practiced with weights on Wednesday.
 
Chudzinski also said that the Browns have no plans of placing Mingo on the sort-term injured reserve, which could force him to sit out half the season. It is a further indication that the Browns are optimistic about Mingo’s early return from the lung injury.
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