CLEVELAND — Browns rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo has been hospitalized with a bruised lung.
Mingo, the No. 6 overall pick in April’s NFL draft from LSU, was injured in the first half of Cleveland’s 24-6 victory over Detroit on Thursday. The team initially said Mingo had a rib injury, but following the game coach Rob Chudzinski said Mingo had been taken to the hospital and would be held overnight.
Chudzinski did not know how Mingo was injured and the Browns gave no other immediate details. The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder jogged to the tunnel with a trainer for treatment after he was injured.
Also, Browns running back Dion Lewis broke his leg and is likely out for the season. Cleveland also lost offensive guard Jason Pinkston, who sustained a severely sprained ankle. He left the stadium in a walking boot and on crutches.
LANDRY TO SIT OUT GAME: In Anderson, Ind., Pro Bowl safety LaRon Landry is likely to sit out Sunday’s game against the New York Giants because of a knee injury.
He has missed more than a week of practice, and Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Thursday he won’t rush Landry back for a preseason game — if he can’t practice Thursday or Friday. Pagano still expects Landry, a former LSU standout, to be ready for the season opener against Oakland.
BRADY BACK AT PRACTICE: In Foxborough, Mass., Tom Brady returned to practice one day after hurting his knee.
The New England Patriots quarterback took part in the third day of joint practices with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“I’m good,” was all Brady told waiting media members as he walked off the practice field Thursday after removing the black brace he wore during the workout. “You can all go home.”
HARDESTY HAS KNEE SURGERY: In Cleveland, Browns running back Montario Hardesty underwent arthroscopic knee surgery and will likely miss at least the first two regular-season games.
The team said Hardesty’s operation “went as expected” on Thursday. Hardesty’s football career has been slowed by knee problems. The former second-round draft pick has had the anterior cruciate ligament in both knees repaired.
Hardesty missed most of training camp with a hamstring tendon issue and then dislocated his right thumb in practice on Monday while trying to catch a direct snap from center.
NICKS THINKS HE’LL PLAY AGAINST PATRIOTS: In Foxborough, Mass., Tampa Bay offensive guard Carl Nicks is looking forward to playing his first game since missing the last nine in 2012 with a toe injury.
That could happen Friday night when the Buccaneers play the New England Patriots in an exhibition game.
Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano said he won’t be overly cautious in deciding whether to use the former All-Pro against the Patriots. He said he wants to see how Nicks, a former Saint, feels before making a decision.Jets
SANCHEZ TO START AGAINST JAGUARS: In New York, Mark Sanchez will start at quarterback for the New York Jets in their preseason home game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday night.
The Jets announced the decision Thursday, a day after coach Rex Ryan said rookie Geno Smith had a “brutal” practice in what was his “worst day” of training camp. Smith is also dealing with a sprained right ankle.
Ryan said the plan against the Jaguars is not necessarily an indication of which quarterback leads in the tightly contested competition.
Jaguars coach Gus Bradley named Blaine Gabbert the starter for Saturday’s game.
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