Kirksey (leg) returned to practice Monday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. Kirksey left Cleveland's Aug. 4 scrimmage after just three plays due to the leg injury, but it looks like he's back to full health now. He's expected to assume a starting role at linebacker this season.
Kirksey limped off the field during Friday's scrimmage with an apparent leg injury, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. Kirksey went down just three plays into Cleveland's intersquad scrimmage. According to the report, he was surrounded by the medical staff before limping off with the help of a trainer. Kirksey led the team with 148 total tackles in 2017 and figures to play a similar role this season, if healthy.
Kirksey is expected to move from inside to outside linebacker in 2017, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports. Kirksey was prolific as a middle linebacker in 2016, recording a career-high 148 tackles. With the Browns switching from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 setup in 2017, Kirksey will have to adjust to a different spot on the field, but he'll still be tasked with helping snuff out the run game. The shift shouldn't prove too difficult for the fourth-year linebacker, but it could result in him seeing a slight dip in tackles from a season earlier.
Kirksey totaled 12 tackles (10 solo) and a sack to finish up the season against the Steelers on Sunday. In his best year as a professional, Kirksey ended the 2016 season with 148 tackles, the third-most in the NFL. He quickly became a trustworthy IDP play and will look to improve even more next season.
Kirksey tallied 10 tackles in Saturday's 20-17 victory over the Chargers. Kirksey has been a consistent tackler over the season, and he's recorded at least nine stops in eight of his last nine games. The 24-year-old has 136 tackles in 2016, and he'll be a high-end IDP option at linebacker in 2017 drafts.
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