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Another day, another injury for the Cleveland Browns.
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Only this time, shockingly, the injury news does not involve the quarterback position.
It is still a big blow, however, as the Browns will be without left guard Joel Bitonio for an unspecified amount of time as he deals with a foot injury that may require surgery.
“He has been playing really well. Obviously, he is one of the best guards in the NFL, in my opinion,” left tackle Joe Thomas said on Wednesday. “We lose that type of guy, he is tough to replace, but depending on when Cam (Erving) can come back, I think we will be in good position if Joe can’t play because we have John (Greco) and Alvin (Bailey), who both stepped up at guard this year. I’m sure they can move one of those guys over.”
Sure, the Browns can move someone into Bitonio’s slot, but it obviously won’t be the same.
Nor will Bitonio’s absence help the longterm prospects of whoever draws the short straw as the Browns starting quarterback.
While we process that sobering thought, let’s take a quick run through the latest news surrounding the Browns and the NFL.
Hue Jackson’s first season as head coach of the Cleveland Browns is not going so well. The team is off to an 0-5 start, and while other teams in the league are enjoying success behind talented rookie quarterbacks that the Browns failed to draft, the Browns’ quarterback situation remains a a game of Spin the Seppuku Knife. What’s a first-year coach to do in such a dire situation? Get help from an out-of-work college coach who infamously presided over one of the worst sexual assault scandals in college football history, of course.
Three quarterbacks were drawing middling interest in the off-season from their own teams even after what could have been viewed as career-altering years. One month into the season, it’s difficult to argue with any of those teams’ initial instinct.
The financial cornerstone of the NFL as it has grown into the nation’s most prosperous and popular sports league has been its network television deals. Pro football has been TV ratings gold, and the league’s handsome reward for that has been contracts with the networks now collectively worth an estimated $7 billion annually. So when ratings for NFL games slip, even while remaining at comparatively lofty levels, it is noteworthy. Such is the case this season, with the sport’s overall TV ratings down about 11 percent from last season.