After sustaining a biceps injury during Sunday’s game against the Steelers, Browns safety Rodney McLeod was forced to undergo surgery and will miss the remainder of the season. Head coach Kevin Stefanski confirmed this news, stating that McLeod’s absence will be felt both on the field and in the locker room.
McLeod, who joined the Browns in May, had started five of the team’s 10 games this season, accumulating 29 tackles, two tackles for loss, and a pass defensed. His departure leaves a gaping hole in the Browns’ defense, as they struggle to adjust and adapt to his absence.
In an effort to fill this void, Ronnie Hickman and D’Anthony Bell are expected to see increased playing time alongside starter Grant Delpit. Juan Thornhill, who has already missed eight games with a calf injury, is also unlikely to play a significant role in the coming weeks.
The Browns will need to quickly find ways to compensate for McLeod’s loss of talent and experience if they hope to continue their successful season. The team has already suffered several key injuries this year and cannot afford any more setbacks if they want to make it all the way to the playoffs.