CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – The Browns will be without running back Kareem Hunt and rookie linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah for “weeks” following MRIs Monday.
Head coach Kevin Stefanski said Monday that both players “will miss significant time,” and both are likely headed for injured reserve.
Roster moves are expected later Monday according to Stefanski.
Hunt suffered a calf injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 37-14 loss to the Cardinals and was unable to put any pressure on his right leg as he was helped off.
“I really do feel like he represents how the Cleveland Browns want to play football,” left guard Joel Bitonio said. “To see him go down like that is just unfortunate. Obviously, him and Chubb are a big one-two punch, and him the passing game and pass blocking, he does a lot of things for us on offense. It is another big loss. Hopefully, he can come back and we can steady the ship without him.”
Hunt has been a sparkplug offensively this season rushing for 361 yards and five touchdowns.
Owusu-Koramoah, who was starting to see his role expand defensively, suffered a high ankle sprain in the fourth quarter and will miss “in the ballpark of” 4-6 weeks.
“Hate to see that for him,” linebacker Anthony Walker said. “Obviously, he was starting to come into his own and definitely flying around making plays all over the field. I know he is a true professional so he will take this time and stay in his playbook and get all of the recovery and rest that he needs so when he does get back, he will be 100 percent. I have no worries about that. Obviously, you miss him on the field, just his presence, the plays that he makes and everything like that, but we have to have guys step up.”
Stefanski did not have much of an update on quarterback Baker Mayfield or receiver Odell Beckham Jr. after both players suffered shoulder injuries Sunday.
“I’ll have a better sense tomorrow with a lot of these guys. I don’t know is the truth,” Stefanski said. “I have to see how Baker and all these guys respond over the next 24 hours.”
Mayfield said after the game he dislocated his left shoulder; the same one he suffered a torn labrum on in Week 2 against the Texans, and that it slipped back out on a non-contact play on the next series.
Although Mayfield was adamant he will play Thursday night, Stefanski indicated he’ll see how both Mayfield and Beckham progress leading up to the game before making determinations on their statuses.
“We will make sure to work through all of that in the next couple of days and obviously take what the medical staff says and what Baker in this case says,” Stefanski said.