CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns have been besieged by injuries through the first five weeks of the 2016 season, and they have not been limited to the quarterback position, where five players have taken snaps this year.
One of the key blockers, second-year center Cameron Erving, has also struggled with injury issues, as he suffered a pulmonary contusion in 25-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium three weeks ago, and has missed each of the last three games.
However, Erving is set for a return to practice this week.
“I feel pretty good now,” Erving said. “There are definitely things you have to fight through. We are past the point of worrying about my lung now. We are just pushing forward, making sure I can do everything within my position and just get back out there and play ball.”
Late in the loss to the Ravens, Erving looked to be in distress while lying on the field in front of the Browns’ sideline after blocking for running back Duke Johnson Jr. on a short pass play to the right side of the formation.
Erving was helped off the field, and in the minutes following the game, a stretcher was taken into the Browns’ locker room for him.
Erving was transported by ambulance from the stadium to University Hospitals after battling cramps and “discomfort in his chest and ribs” during the game. It was later announced by the Browns that Erving suffered the pulmonary contusion and remained in the hospital overnight for observation.
“I’m definitely excited to get back out there,” Erving said. “It sucks just watching. Putting all the time in that we put into this sport and if anybody gets hurt, it sucks. Thankfully, I’m in the position where I will be able to come back soon. I’m just going to go out there, just going to work to get myself back in shape, first off and just fight through anything that I may have to fight through.”
Although unable to participate in practice for three weeks, Erving has done what he could from a conditioning standpoint, which he hopes will help expedite his return to the field in short order ahead of Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium.
“I have been able to do some cardio in down time,” Erving said. “It is just going to be really interesting just to see how I feel getting back into actual football.
“I have done sprints, but we will see how it feels getting back into football when somebody is hitting me and I’m hitting somebody else. It’s just going to be really interesting, and I’m just excited to get back out there.”