General manager John Dorsey mentioned Avery as an option to start at linebacker in 2019, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
The Browns' decision to let Jamie Collins walk in free agency created a void that needs to be filled considering Collins logged over 1,000 defensive snaps last year. After logging nearly 700 defensive snaps of his own as a rookie fifth-rounder, Avery currently seems like the favorite to take Collins' spot in the starting lineup. That could change if Cleveland takes an outside linebacker early in the draft, though whoever ultimately ends up with the first-stringers come Week 1 will undoubtedly benefit from an absolutely loaded Browns defensive line that could consistently keep opposing offensive lineman from reaching the second level.
Avery (hip) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Avery, who dealt with numerous injuries throughout the preseason, was able to fully practice this week. However, with Christian Kirksey and Joe Schobert available, it's unclear how much playing time Avery will receive, even if the rookie is able to suit up for Sunday's season opener against Pittsburgh.
Avery suffered a hamstring injury and is questionable to return to Thursday's game against Philadelphia.
Avery was forced to exit in the third quarter of Thursday's game, recording two tackles, including a sack, prior to his departure. The specifics of his injury are unclear and the team may rest him for the remainder of the came as a precautionary measure. Look for Jermaine Grace and B.J. Bello to get a few extra snaps with Avery sidelined.
Avery logged one tackle during Friday's preseason game against the Bills.
Avery seems to be over the groin injury that forced him to miss the Browns' preseason opener. The fifth-round rookie is competing for a depth role in advance of the 2018 campaign, but snaps could be hard to come by in Cleveland's loaded linebacking corps.
Avery (groin) will miss Thursday's preseason opener against the Giants, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Avery returned to practice Monday after previously missing time due to a groin issue, but it appears he's not out of the woods yet. His next opportunity to state his case for a depth role at linebacker arrives next Friday against the Bills.
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