Barkevious Mingo's NFL debut has been delayed.
CLEVELAND - Browns rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo returned to practice in a limited role, a significant step in his recovery from a bruised lung.
Mingo was injured in an Aug. 15 game against Detroit and hospitalized for two days. The first-round draft pick took part in position drills on Monday, but did not have any contact in the portion of practice open to reporters.
It's still not known if Mingo will be able to play Sunday when the Browns open the 2013 season at home against Miami.
Mingo was restricted to riding a stationary bike, some running and light weightlifting last week, so his appearance on the field is a sign he's made good progress.
The Browns plan to use the No. 6 overall pick in this year's draft as an outside pass rusher.
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Browns rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo returned to practice in a limited role, a significant step in his recovery from a bruised lung.
Cleveland's rookie linebacker remains sidelined with a bruised lung, a "freakish" injury he believes he sustained on the opening kickoff of last week's exhibition against Detroit.
Browns rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo will undergo further medical tests on a bruised lung, an injury that caused him to spit up blood during an exhibition game last week.
There seemed to be four guys wearing No. 51 for the Browns in their exhibition opener.
The Cleveland Browns signed linebacker Barkevious Mingo to a four-year contract, with a fifth-year club option, the team announced on Sunday.