Major Injuries take Luster off of Win

OBR Senior Browns Reporter
Posted Aug 16, 2013

The news wasn't good for running back Dion Lewis. Chudzinski disclosed that he fractured his fibula and might be lost for the season.


CLEVELAND -- Despite the Browns impressive win over the Lions in the second preseason game, the game could prove costly.

The Browns suffered potentially severe injuries to several key players during the game.

Ironically, the first player seen in the locker room was Jason Pinkston, who was hobbling on crutches with his right leg in a boot. However, he might have been one of the more fortunate players to come out of the game.

Rob Chudzinski announced that Pinkston had an ankle sprain and his x-rays were negative.

However, the news wasn't nearly as good for running back Dion Lewis. Chudzinski disclosed that he fractured his fibula and might be lost for the season.

Chudzinski was asked if Lewis was lost for the season.

"We'll see about that (Friday)," he said. "I'll give you a full report medically. We'll have to make that determination based on that."

With Lewis injured and Montario Hardesty also out, the Browns are getting thin at running back.

Top draft choice, Barkevious Mingo bruised a lung and is hospitalized at the Cleveland Clinic.

"We're going to keep him in the hospital overnight as a precaution and we'll see (Friday) where he's at," Chudzinski said.

Chudzinski wasn't sure how Mingo was injured, whether he took a helmet to the ribs or what.

"I am not sure exactly how it happened," he said "I am not sure."

Other injuries, that don't appear to be severe were suffered by tight end Gary Barnidge, who suffered a sprained shoulder. Kicker Brandon Bogotay injured his groin and was unable to finish the game.

Pinkston was injured on Trent Richardson's 17-yard run in the first quarter when John Greco appeared to fall on his leg.

Pinkston, Barnidge and Mingo were all injured in the first half, while Lewis was injured early in the second half.

Pinkston was starting in place of Shawn Lauvao, who is recovering from ankle surgery. Pinkston was replaced by rookie Garrett Gilkey at right guard. The only backups at guard with Lauvao and Pinkston out are are undrafted free agent rookies Caylin Hauptmann and Aaron Adams. Gilkey was a seventh-round draft choice from Division II Chadron State.

Bogotay injured his groin and did not finish the game. He was scheduled to do all the kicking, but K Shayne Graham kicked the final PAT after Bogotay's injury.

Chudzinski said the night was rough from an injury standpoint, but he said injuries are a part of the game of football.

"It was a tough night from an injury standpoint, obviously," Chudzinski said. "We made some strides from a performance standpoint. I was happy with the performance.

"But, that's the game," he said. "Guys get injured and other guys get opportunities and they have to step up. That's what good teams do, they make good of their opportunities and that's what we'll have to do."

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