The NFL career of Cleveland Browns rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo was delayed because of a bruised lung during the preseason and the injury was so severe he could have died as a result of the injury.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer, even Mingo didn’t realize how severe the injury was:
“Had Mingo remained on the field during the game and taken another blow to the chest, he could’ve died, according to Dr. Clark Fuller, Director of Thoracic Surgery at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif, who hasn’t treated Mingo. He said Mingo had already torn at least some small blood vessels, “and if you tear some larger ones, the chest cavity is an area where you could bleed to death and nobody ever sees a drop of blood on the ground.”
Thankfully the former LSU Tiger and No. 6 pick in this year’s NFL draft is okay after missing a few weeks and back on the field and displaying the potential he flashed in the preseason when TheMMQB’s Peter King wrote he was the most impressive rookie he had seen in training camp.
After missing the Week 1 game for Cleveland, Mingo was back on the field last week and recorded his first career sack when he brought down Super Bowl champion Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens.
Vikings cut-blocked Barkevious Mingo and he still got his 2nd NFL sack in 2 games.
— Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) September 22, 2013
In the Week 3 game vs. the Minnesota Vikings he made it back-to-back games with a sack when he took down Christian Ponder in the third quarter. He also recorded his first NFL win as the Browns pulled off the upset over the Vikings.
Mingo has a bright future ahead of him provided he stays healthy and it’s so great to see him on the field and doing what he was drafted for and that’s sacking quarterbacks. He is a real threat to get double-digit sacks as a rookie on an underrated Browns defense.
Relive his career at LSU and see what made him the No. 6 pick in the draft: