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Cleveland rookie Barkevious Mingo bruised a lung while covering a kickoff against Detroit on Aug. 15.

Lung injury keeping Browns rookie out

– Barkevious Mingo’s injury has gone from maybe serious to mysterious.

Cleveland’s rookie linebacker remains sidelined with a bruised lung, a “freakish” injury the first-round pick believes he suffered nearly a week ago on the opening kickoff of an exhibition against Detroit.

Mingo was hospitalized for two days with the injury, which he said caused him to twice spit up blood and gave him shortness of breath before he was taken out of last Thursday’s game. Mingo said he has been symptom free since last week, but it’s still not clear when he was injured.

Mingo will not play in Saturday’s preseason game at Indianapolis, and it’s likely he will also be kept of the final exhibition against Chicago.

On Wednesday, Mingo was seen taking a nap while lying across several chairs in the locker room. After he woke up, he told reporters that he has improved, but that doctors still aren’t allowing him to practice. He reiterated that he does not think the injury occurred before last week’s 24-6 win over the Lions, and said he had never had those symptoms before experiencing them on the sideline.

“Everything is feeling good,” Mingo said. “Everyone is happy with the progress and now we’re just waiting to see what the doctors say, so we can get back.”

Mingo was last seen by doctors and had more tests on Tuesday, but the No. 6 overall pick has not been cleared to practice and hasn’t been told when he’ll be able to return. For the moment, he’s allowed to only observe practice, and doctors have discouraged him from doing any running.

The Browns will wait for Mingo’s bruise to heal completely before he’s allowed back on the field.

“I’m listening to the doctors, listening to the coaches,” he said. “That’s all I know.”

Coach Rob Chudzinski didn’t provide much of an update on Mingo.

“The timeline nobody really knows exactly,” he said.

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