5-7, 3rd AFC North
Emmanuel Ogbah - Emmanuel Ogbah starts the season with a high ankle sprain, which can have some lengthy missed time if it doesn’t heal 100%. Staying off it will be key for Ogbah. He is a third year guy, who has over nine sacks through two seasons in his career. Ogbah was looked at as a guy on the opposite side as Myles Garrett, so it leaves the defensive line a little bit limited for the first few weeks of the year. Ogbah should return to full health at some point, and in the meantime you will have Anthony Zettel and Chris Smith fill in.
Ricardo Louis - Now with Josh Gordon gone, the wide receiver position is a little thin. Ricardo Louis saw over 500 snaps last season, but will sit out the 2018 season with a neck injury. He was drafted fourth overall back in 2016, and played his college ball at Auburn. Cleveland traded for Jarvis Landry and did draft Antonio Callaway, but all of a sudden there is not much depth behind those guys. Right now Rashard Higgins stands the best chance to lock in the WR3 role, and that could have been a job that Louis secured if healthy. Missing significant time at a young age can derail your career with others passing you on the depth chart.
LeCharles Bentley comes to mind when we look back at some tough injuries in the Browns franchise history. Bentley suffered a torn tendon in his leg, and it took a darker turn when he had a staph infection which made doctors consider amputating his leg. Bentley had a lot of potential, but the injury made him one of those what if players. Sticking with offensive lineman, Alex Mack suffered a broken leg back in 2014, and missed the rest of the season. Up until that point he had not missed a game, and Mack was one of the better lineman for the Browns over the last decade or so. Mack moved on from Cleveland, and has battled some on and off injuries. Back in 2012 Chris Gocong tore his Achilles, and tore it before the season even started. He went down in training camp, and had high hopes for the up and coming season. He was picked in the third round, and played 79 games in his career, before calling it quits after that 2012 season. The Achilles injury is one that can end a career, and that is what happened to Gocong. Joe Thomas had been on a snaps streak, playing over 10,000 consecutive snaps. This was all before his tore his triceps, requiring surgery back in 2017. Thomas later retired, and is considered one of the best lineman and overall people to play the game. Scott Fujita had a scary career-threatening injury, when he injured it in a game against the New York Giants. Fujita did later retire, and this often goes overlooked because he was part of the whole bountygate scandal with the New Orleans Saints.