Injury scares left and right in Eagles-Browns
Three Browns starters suffered injuries before halftime in the “all-important” third preseason game vs. the Eagles, and the most important member of the organization, top pick Baker Mayfield, was evaluated for a concussion following an interception early in the fourth quarter.
Mayfield passed his concussion test, ordered by the independent neurologist after his head was slammed violently by Eagles DL Danny Ezechukwu into teammate Shon Coleman’s hip. That signaled the end of his night, though, as he was replaced on the next series by Drew Stanton.
No. 4 overall pick Denzel Ward, the first Brown to go down, suffered a back injury while attempting to tackle an Eagle early in the first quarter. Ward quickly bounced up and was escorted by trainers to the medical tent before being ruled out for the night. NFL Media reports Ward was kept out for precautionary reasons.
Starting QB Tyrod Taylor injured his left hand while attempting to break his fall a few minutes later. After going to the medical tent and then leaving the field altogether to visit the locker room while Baker Mayfield took over for two series, Taylor reentered the game early in the second quarter donning a glove on his left hand.
Fellow newcomer on offense, RT Chris Hubbard, also suffered some type of injury that forced him to leave the field briefly, replaced by former No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson. Hubbard also returned, which we’d say is good news if this game mattered. Because it doesn’t, it’d be great if the Browns could get all the players off the field who matter before more damage is done.
The same is true for the Eagles, who temporarily lost All-Pro C Jason Kelce early in the first quarter to some kind of lower-body ailment but he’s since returned. Why, we’re not sure.
The Browns lead the Eagles 5-0 midway through the fourth quarter in a preseason game that can’t end soon enough.