Browns C Nick Harris likely to require season-ending knee surgery

CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – It appears the Browns’ worst fears were realized for the second time in less than a week.

Center Nick Harris “likely is going to need surgery which would end his season” head coach Kevin Stefanski announced Saturday.

“We’re still gathering information there, so I want to make sure that we have all of that information before we come to that conclusion,” Stefanski added.

Harris suffered a knee injury on the second snap of Friday night’s 24-13 win at Jacksonville and had to be carted off the field. Earlier in the week receiver/returner Jakeem Grant was carted off the practice field after suffering a torn Achilles.

“All of these injuries stink,” Stefanski said. “You don’t want anybody to get injured, and Nick is certainly a guy that’s been working so hard this offseason. So, really hoping it’s not a season long thing.”

Veteran Ethan Pocic stepped in for Harris, who was drafted by the Browns in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

“Ethan went in there and did a really nice job,” Stefanski said. “he’s been with us since April. We went out and got him for a reason and [we’re] excited about what he did last night.”

Stefanski wouldn’t say if the Browns will look to bring in another center – and possibly JC Tretter, who was a salary cap casualty this offseason and remains a free agent.

“I won’t comment on roster type things,” Stefanski said. “That’s [for] Andrew [Berry] and his crew [to handle]. I would tell you Ethan did a nice job and he’s done a nice job since April so [we’re] excited about what he can bring to the table.”