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Thursday, August 29, 2013
Mingo, Browns should feel fortunate

By Jamison Hensley

It's unlikely that pass-rusher Barkevious Mingo will play in the regular-season opener against the Miami Dolphins, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. But the No. 6 overall pick in this year's draft is expected to play Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens.

If this timetable proves correct, the Browns and Mingo should feel very lucky. It was only two weeks ago when he was spitting up blood on the sideline of a preseason game and experienced shortness of breath. He was diagnosed with a bruised lung and was hospitalized for two days. It's remarkable that Mingo won't have to miss an extended amount of time. ESPN's Ed Werder reports that the Browns have scheduled a CT scan for Mingo on Monday, which should help make a determination on his status for Week 1.

The Browns will miss Mingo coming off the edge and going after Ryan Tannehill, but they can absorb his absence for one game. Paul Kruger and Jabaal Sheard have been the starting outside linebackers all summer, and the Browns have depth with Quentin Groves as another pass-rusher.

There are other players that the Browns will miss more in the opener. The Browns' top two options at right guard -- Shawn Lauvao and Jason Pinkston -- are expected to be sidelined with ankle injuries, and wide receiver Josh Gordon is suspended for the first two games of the season.