Browns lose LB Kirksey for season following chest surgery

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              FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Christian Kirksey is shown during an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, in Pittsburgh. The Cleveland Browns could be missing several starters Sunday night when they face the defending NFC champion Los Angeles Rams. Tight end David Njoku (wrist), linebacker Christian Kirksey (chest), right tackle Chris Hubbard (foot) and safeties Damarious Randall (concussion) and Morgan Burnett (leg) missed practice Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. (AP PhotoWinslow Townson, File)
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle.

A team captain, Kirksey was injured during playing against the New York Jets on Sept. 16. He was placed on injured reserve Sept. 21 and had the operation Wednesday.

The Browns expect Kirksey to make a full recovery, but his loss cuts into their experience and they’ll miss his on-field leadership. Rookie Mack Wilson is starting in Kirksey’s spot.

It’s the second straight season Kirksey has had shortened by injury. A third-round pick in 2014, Kirksey played in all 16 games in his first four seasons before suffering a hamstring injury and missing the final seven in 2018.

The Browns signed him to a four-year, $38 million extension in 2017.