At the rate the things are going, Johnny Manziel might be throwing passes to himself next season. New Browns wide receiver Nate Burleson fractured his left arm and will be out until training camp, according to ESPN.com.
Burleson's agent, Ken Sarnoff, confirmed the report on Twitter.
FOR the record - @Nate13Burleson hurt his arm in OTA's. He had a very minor surgery. He will be 100% for day 1 of camp! Again 100% for camp!— Ken Sarnoff (@KenSarnoff) May 10, 2014
The October injury caused Burleson to miss eight weeks of action and judging by Sarnoff's tweet, that's probably how long Burleson will be rehabbing this time around. The 11-year veteran has only been in Cleveland since April, when he signed with the Browns after being cut by the Lions.
Burleson's injury in Cleveland, which happened during an accidental hit at OTA's, comes at a precarious time for the Browns. Not only is Burleson out now, but the team could be without leading receiver Josh Gordon in 2014. On Friday, it was reported that Gordon failed a drug test sometime during the offseason, a failed test that could lead to a year-long suspension from the NFL.
With the injury to Burleson and the impending suspension for Gordon, you'd think that the Browns would try and add a wide receiver in the NFL Draft, but they've done the opposite of that.
Through three rounds, the Browns have added Manziel, cornerback Justin Gilbert, offensive lineman Joel Bitonio, linebacker Christian Kirksey and running back Terrance West, but no receivers. The rest of the league has combined to draft 12 receivers, an NFL record through three rounds.