Less than a month after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery,
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.
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.
Coach Mike Pettine said that he will know more about Mingo's status on Thursday.
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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.
"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.
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