Cleveland Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey will miss the rest of 2019 following a chest surgery.
Kirksey suffered a pectoral injury in Week 2’s victory against the New York Jets. He was placed on injured reserve following the injury. The Browns were hoping he could make a return this season, but following the surgery Cleveland shut him down for the season.
#Browns LB Christian Kirksey recently had surgery to repair the chest injury that led to him being placed on Injured Reserve more than a week ago. While there was some initial thought that he could return, the surgery indicates he's done for the season.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 2, 2019
This is the former third-rounder’s third injury in just two seasons. He missed two games in early 2018 with a shoulder injury, then five more starting in November with a Grade 2 Hamstring strain. Before this stretch, he played all 16 games in each of his first four seasons.
Off to a productive start before his injury, he racked up 11 tackles (five solo, two for a loss). For his career, he has 469 tackles, 11.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and two interceptions. Kirksey has been a mainstay of a defense that lost some veteran leadership.
The Browns have reportedly signed Willie Harvey off of their practice squad. Harvey was previously an undrafted free agent. Week 5 will be Harvey’s first NFL start.
The 2-2 Browns continue their season against the 3-0 San Francisco 49ers on Monday, October 7.
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