Coach Hue Jackson acknowledged that the broken right forearm Mitchell sustained in Sunday's 45-42 overtime loss to the Raiders could end the cornerback's season, Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site reports.
Mitchell went down in the first half of Sunday's game with the injury, which will almost certainly sideline him for multiple weeks even if surgery isn't deemed necessary. It's expected that Mitchell will be placed on injured reserve within the next few days, though he could be designated as one of two players eligible to return after eight weeks if the Browns determine his injury isn't of the season-ending variety. Mitchell had been a serviceable IDP option with 19 stops, three pass breakups, two forced fumbles, one interception and one fumble recovery through the first four games, so his absence will be a costly one for the Cleveland secondary. E.J. Gaines and TJ Carrie will likely see enhanced roles at cornerback in Mitchell's stead.
Mitchell fractured his forearm during Sunday's 45-42 loss to the Raiders, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Mitchell was replaced by T.J. Carrie, who will likely slot into the lineup as Cleveland's starting right cornerback for the foreseeable future. A recovery timetable Mitchell has yet to be disclosed, but injuries of this nature can take up to eight weeks to fully heal. The 26-year-old's injury is a substantial blow to the Browns' secondary.
Mitchell suffered a right-arm injury and was carted to the locker room in Sunday's game against the Raiders, NNate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Mitchell has at least five tackles in every game this season and has one interception and two forced fumbles on the year. T.J. Carrie will take over while the 26-year-old is out.
Mitchell posted five tackles and forced two fumbles during Sunday's 21-18 loss to the Saints.
It's been a strong start to the season for Mitchell, who inked a three-year deal with the Browns this offseason. He's accumulated 11 tackles, two forced fumbles and one pass breakup while playing 80 percent of the team's defensive snaps.
Mitchell, a 2014 seventh-rounder, easily had his best statistical season as professional last year with the Chiefs but proved to be somewhat of an on-field liability -- so much so he was ultimately benched in Week 8. He didn't see significant playing time again until Week 12 before getting benched again in Week 16, and then once again for Kansas City's postseason loss to the Titans on Jan. 6. Fortunately, he'll now get a fresh start in Cleveland and will compete for slotting on the depth chart underneath undisputed top cornerback Jason McCourty.
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|8||10/28/18||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
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|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||7||19||17.0||2||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||6|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||15||53||48.0||5||0||4||40||10.0||40||0||18|
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|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|