By Tony Grossi | ESPNCleveland.com
The next step in the return of Barkevious Mingo is a CT scan of his bruised lung next week. If all looks well, the Browns’ rookie linebacker could be cleared to practice, but it’s looking like Mingo definitely will miss the September 8 opener against the Miami Dolphins.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Ed Werder reported on Thursday that Mingo is “probable” for the team’s Game 2 in Baltimore.
“I think we’re in the hands of the doctors,” Browns CEO Joe Banner told ESPN Cleveland. “He’s making good progress. Exactly when he’s going to be able to play, it’s not one of these ‘guy pulls a hamstring and it’s four weeks or six weeks.’ This is a lot more vague.
“Were going to keep hoping he comes back as soon as can. He’s certainly working and staying in shape.
“I think it will be next week before there’s a best guess when he can play.”
Mingo, the sixth overall pick of the 2013 draft, has been out since suffering the unusual injury on the opening kickoff of the second preseason game on August 15.
Mingo experienced shortness of breath and the taste of blood during the game and was taken to Cleveland Clinic while the game was in progress. Mingo stayed two nights under observation and has not experienced the symptoms again, he has said.
This week, Mingo was cleared to begin cardiovascular work on a stationary bike and also to work out in the team’s weight room.
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