Cleveland Browns fans love how well their team has played in the preseason so far, but winning now has to take a back seat to health.
The Browns lost five players during their 24-6 win over the Lions to injuries of varying degrees.
Dion Lewis’ broken leg was the most severe injury. He was looking like a strong third-down back and kick returner and was having a very impressive camp.
His injury, along with Montario Hardesty’s knee injury, opens the door wide for Brandon Jackson and Chris Ogbonnaya to play significant roles in the Browns backfield along with Trent Richardson.
Barkevious Mingo suffered a bruised lung in the Lions game and he could miss the rest of the preseason. Paul Kruger and Jabaal Sheard are the starters at outside linebacker, but Mingo will be important to the Browns’ pass rush when he comes back.
Right guard Jason Pinkston sprained his ankle and was replaced on the first-team offense by Garrett Gilkey, the Browns’ seventh-round draft pick from Chadron State.
Tight end Gary Barnidge (sprained shoulder) and kicker Brandon Bogotay (strained groin) also were hurt against Detroit.
The Browns will travel to Indianapolis for their third preseason game on Saturday night.
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