According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, it appears as though Cleveland Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson did not suffer a season-ending pectoral injury during Tuesday evening’s practice. Instead, Jackson could possibly be ready just in time for the start of the regular season in a best-case scenario:
Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson could be back from his right pectoral injury in 4-8 weeks, but he’ll get a second opinion from his New York surgeon, Dr. Frank Cordasco, a league source said.
If Jackson is out only four weeks, he could conceivably be back in time for the season opener Sept. 12 at Tampa Bay. If it’s eight weeks, it could be Oct. 10 against the Falcons.
A more definitive timeline on Jackson could be announced Thursday. In the mean time, linebackers Eric Barton, David Bowens, and Kaluka Maiava are all candidates for increased playing time.
After fighting his way back from a pectoral injury suffered last season, Cleveland Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson might have suffered another pectoral injury, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
It's not known if it's the surgically-repaired one or not. Jackson went in to be examined by the doctor at about 8 p.m. Jackson, who had been starting all camp at inside linebacker, walked off the field midway through practice very slowly and with his head down. He returned later in the session with a towel around his neck and looking sad.
One-by-one, players came up to express their concern. At one point, it looked like he pointed to his chest. He watched the final 15 minutes of practice from the sidelines, still looking down. Close friends such as Mike Adams talked to him, and he walked off the field with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
We'll have more information on Jackson's injury and his status this season as details become available. Jackson was projected to start alongside linebacker Chris Gocong at inside linebacker. Without Jackson, the Browns could still insert one of two veterans -- Eric Barton or David Bowens -- into the starting lineup.