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Five takeaways from the Browns' 24-6 preseason win over the Detroit Lions

Aug 16, 2013 -- 3:24pm

By Tony Grossi | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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1. Injuries already are straining the depth of the roster. Through two preseason games, the Browns are down two starting guards and two backup running backs. We’ll see how the new personnel department responds.

2. Guards Shawn Lauvao and Jason Pinkston are out probably six weeks with high ankle sprains. Pinkston’s injury interrupts his comeback from seven months of relative inactivity due to a blood clot problem. He needed the reps to get back his conditioning and work his way into a new position at right guard. Rookie Garrett Gilkey did an admirable job filling in for Pinkston in the Detroit game. Gilkey probably will get a fair shot now at winning the starting job for the season opener. Other possibilities are Jarrod Shaw, Oniel Cousins, Caylie Hauptmann and Dominic Alford.

3. Running back Dion Lewis has a broken fibula and Montario Hardesty is down with a dislocated thumb and needed arthroscopic surgery on a knee already mended from a torn ACL. If the Browns were guaranteed perfect health the rest of the year from Trent Richardson, Chris Ogbonnaya and Brandon Jackson, they would be OK. However, that’s probably not going to happen. Lewis was having a marvelous preseason, but the fact is Richardson is going to be the offense’s feature back. Lewis’ roles on special teams and as a backup could be absorbed from within. If Hardesty comes back, that would help. But it would be a good idea for the Browns to bring in another back now as insurance against more injuries. One more would devastate the position.

4. Let’s hope the “bruised lung” injury to Barkevious Mingo is not as serious as it first sounded. Mingo will not be released  from Cleveland Clinic until another day of observation. If Mingo is not having trouble breathing or not spitting up blood, a bruised lung can be comparable to bruised – but not broken – ribs. The only remedy is rest from strenuous activity, which means it’s possible we won’t see Mingo back on the field for the remaining preseason games.

5. Of all the fine performances on Thursday, the one turned in by Brandon Bogotay was the most surprising. The young kicker blasted two kickoffs out of the end zone and one nine yards deep, made a field goal from 43 yards and two extra points. Bogotay suffered a slight groin sprain on his last kickoff of the first half. It looked as if he was kicking a hard squibber. Bogotay had not been the full-time kicker in a game since junior college in 2008. He was under a lot of pressure to show that he could handle all the requisite kicks. If he is healthy enough to practice this week, he certainly can make a run at Shayne Graham for the full-time job here.

Tony Grossi covers the Browns for ESPN 850 WKNR, ESPN 1540 KNR2 and www.espncleveland.com.

He has covered the Browns with distinction since 1984 and is one of 46 voters for the National Football League Hall of Fame. Email your “Hey Tony” questions to tgrossi@espncleveland.com

Follow Tony on Twitter @tonygrossi

 

 

 

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