By Tony Grossi | ESPNCleveland.com
Updated at 3:30 p.m.
Browns No. 1 draft pick Barkevious Mingo was released from Cleveland Clinic on Saturday morning after it was determined there were no complications from the bruised lung injury he suffered in Thursday’s preseason game. He was back with his teammates at Browns headquarters and "looked good," according to defensive coordinator Ray Horton.
About the only remedy for a bruised lung is rest from strenuous activity, so Mingo undoubtedly will miss the practice week and third preseason game in Indianapolis next Saturday. It’s too early to forecast whether Mingo might be back for the final game in Chicago or whether the Browns would keep him out as a precaution.
The injury is unusual. Further, the Browns could not pinpoint where and when it occurred. Mingo had played only special teams and not had a turn on defense when he was removed in the second quarter of the 24-6 win over the Detroit Lions.
“We looked at the tape. There wasn’t a big hit that we could see,” coach Rob Chudzinski said. “Obviously, he had a number of plays where there was some contact but it was hard to determine which one it was.”
Horton said that Mingo thinks it happened on the first play of the game. If so, that means he played a few plays on special teams after the injury.
Mingo had been playing behind starter Jabaal Sheard as the right outside linebacker with the second unit. Coordinator Ray Horton was incorporating Mingo into the No. 1 sub defense rush package with Sheard and Paul Kruger also on the field.
With Mingo out, Quentin Groves will stay as the left outside linebacker on the second team defense and may be joined by Justin Staples, an undrafted free agent from Illinois. Another option is for Kendrick Adams, a former LSU teammate of Mingo’s who joined the club’s practice squad last season, also filling in.
How much of a setback would it be for Mingo's development if he missed a week or two?
“For a young guy, he needs every rep he can get," Horton said. "He is smart. He is on page. He is very smart. For us, it’s just reps. It’s seeing a different look. It’s seeing (Colts QB) Andrew Luck. It’s seeing different fronts, what they have and how they want to block him. It will retard a little bit, but he is pretty gifted in what he does and he picks things up fast. How much? I can’t give you a quantitative answer, but it will hurt him a little bit.”
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