Report: Barkevious Mingo cleared to practice, ready for Week 2

Barkevious Mingo has been cleared to practice. (USATSI)
Barkevious Mingo has been cleared to practice. (USATSI)

When Barkevious Mingo suffered a bruised lung in the preseason, it was deemed rather serious because he was coughing up blood, an irregular symptom of the ailment.

He was estimated to miss between two weeks and two months, but by the end of August, it was thought Mingo could be healthy enough to return by Week 2. According to ESPN, that’s exactly what has happened, and Mingo has been cleared for contact and is set to play vs. the Ravens.

Cleveland was playing the Lions in the preseason when Mingo was injured on the opening kickoff. He said he didn’t remember sustaining a blow to the chest, but he spat up blood on the sideline. He spent the next two nights at the hospital.

The Browns, of course, could use their first-round draft pick, but the team also played stout defense in its Week 1 loss to the Dolphins, allowing only 20 rushing yards on 23 carries while sacking Ryan Tannehill four times.

"I want to be out there with the team,” Mingo said last Friday, after he had been declared out for Week 1. “I want to be out there in my first game. But look on the bright side, I'm doing better and I'm just getting ready to come back whenever they let me come back."

Said Mingo: "I'm coming back whenever they let me. We'll see what they say whenever they say it. The coaches, the doctors, whenever they tell me I can go out, then I'll go back."

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