Monday, November 11, 2013
Groves placed on IR, done for season
By Pat McManamon
The Cleveland Browns will be without special-teams captain Quentin Groves for the rest of the season.
Groves was placed on injured reserve and will have surgery to repair his left ankle. Coach Rob Chudzinski did not get into specifics on the injury, which has bothered Groves since the second game of the season.
“Quentin’s a valuable part of our team and a valuable part of the leadership on our team,” Chudzinski said. “Obviously, we’re disappointed, but it’s the best thing right now to get that fixed and corrected.”
Groves is a popular and well-liked guy on the team, and he’ll be missed. He plays hard and fast on special teams and the defense -- to the point that linebacker D’Qwell Jackson called Groves “the energy guy.”
Groves originally hurt the ankle in the second game, which caused him to miss three games. He played two games, missed another and reinjured the ankle after five plays in the second game against Baltimore.
Groves was signed to form a pass-rushing quartet of linebackers that included rookie Barkevious Mingo, Jabaal Sheard and Paul Kruger.
His first season ends with two sacks in five games -- including one in his five plays against the Ravens.