• by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

    Browns LB Barkevious Mingo (knee) returns to practice

    Less than a month after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo returned to practice Monday, per Ohio.com. Mingo participated in drills, but is not expected to play in the team's final preseason game. Browns coach Mike Pettie was optimistic, however, that Mingo could play in the regular season opener on Sept. 13. "I think that target is still up in the air, but it could be for the opener," he said.

  • by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

    Report: Browns LB Barkevious Mingo out month with knee injury

    Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo reportedly will undergo arthroscopic surgery Thursday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, per Cleveland.com. The injury, which happened during practice Tuesday, was confirmed by an MRI on Wednesday. Mingo likely will miss four weeks as he recovers, but could be ready for the season opener on Sept. 13. Mingo has seven sacks in two NFL seasons after being selected with the No. 6 pick in the draft in 2013. He was being pushed by undrafted linebacker Scott Solomon in training camp.

  • by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer

    Browns LB Barkevious Mingo misses practice with injury

    Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo missed Wednesday's practice because of a knee injury, according to ESPN.com. Coach Mike Pettine said that he will know more about Mingo's status on Thursday.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Browns LB Barkevious Mingo battling unheralded Scott Solomon

    If the college credentials of Scott Solomon were weighed against those of fellow Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo, one might surmise that they do not belong on the same field. But much has changed since the former joined the Titans undrafted three years ago and the latter was selected with the sixth overall pick by Cleveland in 2013. And now, Solomon is a threat to earn more playing time than Mingo. "Scott is very quickly becoming one of my favorite players," Browns defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil told the Canton Repository. "The offense calls him 'Bloodbath.' He's like a heat-seeking missile coming off the edge. Solomon is battling Mingo and 2014 seventh-rounder Armonty Bryant for on-field action. Mingo fell behind a bit when he sustained a shoulder injury that required surgery. "(Mingo) is going to have to compete for playing time on early downs," O'Neil added. "He's going to have a role in our sub-packages. No one is guaranteed anything on the defense." Solomon has played in 22 NFL games, but has yet to contribute to more than nine tackles in a season.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Browns OLB Mingo: Next year will be 'a different story'

    Outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo, among the latest in a long list of Browns first-round draft disappointments, is vowing to shed that tag in 2015. "Next year's going to be a different story," he told ESPN. Mingo has just three sacks in his last 23 games. He has seven in two seasons. The nearly $7 million he has been paid during that time - not including his signing bonus - is looking like a bad deal. But the super-athletic Mingo believes he can turn it into a good deal by living up to his potential. First things first. He must play without pain, which is what a labrum injury that required offseason arthroscopic surgery caused in 2014. Mingo anticipates being "pretty close to all go" in workouts. "Just waiting on final word from the trainers," he said. "As a competitor, you're going to always say you feel good. You can have a broken leg and I'm good enough to play. I felt like for the most part last year I was good enough to play. After the games, it was a different story. ... The season's over, now I have a lot of rest and got it fixed." Mingo did manage to contribute to 42 tackles in 2014 for the second straight season.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Browns D-coordinator excited to see what Mingo, Desir can do in 2015

    Browns defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil was asked during a radio appearance Thursday about which two returning players is he most excited to see next season. His response was outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo and cornerback Pierre Desir. O'Neil indicated Mingo likely would have made a bigger impact last season, but he injured his shoulder in the first game and played hurt all season. He underwent surgery in February. "It was so disappointing because I really liked how he was coming on through the preseason and all of training camp," O'Neil said, per the team's official website. "I see him downstairs every day rehabbing his [tail] off." As for Desir, he got reps late in the season and impressed in a limited amount of playing time. The 2014 fourth-round pick wasn't expected to play a down as a rookie. "I'm really excited about him because he has such a pro mentality," O'Neil said. "We called on him at the end of the season and he was kind of a guy that we were counting on redshirting the entire year. "One of the big questions marks about Desir: Was he going to stick his face in the run game? And he showed that he would. And he did a (darn) good job at the line of scrimmage pressing some receivers."

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Browns LB Barkevious Mingo: 'I feel next year will be a good year'

    Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo expects to be back at full strength when training camp opens this summer, per Ohio.com. Mingo underwent shoulder surgery in January. "I'm pretty sure I'll be 100 percent by training camp," Mingo said. "Right now, the shoulder is feeling great. I've been getting the rehab, taking all the necessary steps to come back stronger so I can contribute a lot more next year." Mingo played pretty much the entire 2014 season with a shoulder injury after getting hurt in the season opener against the Steelers. On top of playing hurt, Mingo had to adjust to coach Mike Pettine's defensive scheme, which required Mingo to drop back in pass coverage more than use him as a pass rusher. Mingo hasn't quite lived up to the expectations that followed him as a high first-round draft pick in 2013, but that hasn't put a damper on his outlook. "I feel next year will be a good year," Mingo said. "I have the experience under my belt. I know what to expect, and it's the same playbook as last year, so I'll have that as an advantage as well. Now it's just coming down to getting ready to play and putting it on the field."

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Browns' Barkevious Mingo feels 'so good' after shoulder surgery

    Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo said that his shoulder is feeling "so good" after undergoing surgery earlier this offseason, according to the team's website. Mingo added that he felt like he was playing the entire 2014 season with a sling on his left arm and that he couldn't even lift the arm above his head while wearing shoulder pads. He insisted he could still produce on the field and postponed the surgery until the offseason. "We don't want to make excuses for a guy," coach Mike Pettine said. "But this is a guy that could have shut it down. He decided to go ahead and play with the harness. To me, that's a credit to him. There's a level of consistency that he needs to achieve, but I think for the most part that he trended upward as the season went on as he got a little bit more comfortable in the role." Pettine indicated that Mingo is progressing well enough that the linebacker might be able to participate in OTAs in April.

  • by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

    Browns LB Barkevious Mingo undergoes shoulder surgery

    Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo played the the 2014 season with a lot of pain from a shoulder injury that lingered throughout. On Wednesday, coach Mike Pettine said Mingo has had surgery to repair the damage done. It's unclear whether the injury will force Mingo to miss any offseason workout time. Appearing in 15 games, Mingo finished the year with 42 tackles and two sacks.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Browns unsure if Barkevious Mingo's shoulder will require surgery

    Browns coach Mike Pettine told reporters on Tuesday he's unsure if linebacker Barkevious Mingo's shoulder will require offseason surgery, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Mingo has played through the issue this season while wearing a harness on his shoulder. Mingo has appeared in 12 games and registered 42 combined tackles, two sacks and one fumble recovery.