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AFC North: Browns’ Barkevious Mingo uncertain for opener with bruised lung


September 8, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers defensive end Barkevious Mingo (49) against the Washington Huskies during a game at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Washington 41-3. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns have eagerly awaited the return of defensive end/linebacker Barkevious Mingo from injury, as he’s has missed much of the past three weeks of preseason action after suffering a bruised lung August 15 against the Detroit Lions.

The injury turned out to be far-more serious than that, as Mingo later ended up coughing up blood, and doctors couldn’t give him an accurate determination of the full-extent of the injury, or when the No. 5 pick of the 2013 NFL Draft would be cleared to play in games.

The latest report from says that not only was Mingo limited in practice today, but the team probably won’t know his availability until later this week:

"After practice, a club spokesman said Mingo was limited during the session, meaning he most likely sat out 11-on-11s. As it was, the team practiced in shorts and no pads. Mingo, the No. 6 overall pick, wasn’t available in the locker room after practice because the Browns want to wait until later in the week to see what his status is for the Dolphins game.He’s expected to undergo exams this week to help determine his availability."

It was previously believed that Mingo was likely to miss the season opener but expected to play in Week 2. Once healthy, Mingo adds to an already promising group of pass-rushers in Mingo, Jabaal Sheard and Paul Kruger.

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