Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer exited Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions after the second-to-last play of the third quarter at Ford Field in Detroit.
Kizer was listed as “questionable” to return to the game because of a rib injury.
On second-and-11 from Cleveland’s 24-yard line, Kizer dropped back in the shotgun formation and threw an incomplete pass to wide receiver Ricardo Louis on the left side of the field. Kizer was hit on the play by third-year cornerback Quandre Diggs and immediately clutched the ribs on his right side.
Despite the Browns having plenty of players in for protection, Kizer was hit when tight end David Njoku missed a block, and that allowed the hit to take place.
Prior to the injury, Kizer went 15 for 24 with 178 yards and one touchdown against no interceptions.
Kizer engineered a pair of scoring drives in the first quarter.
The Browns came out firing on their first drive of the second half of the 2017 season, and that early success led to a field goal and 3-0 lead over the Lions with 11:30 to play in the first quarter.
On the first play from scrimmage, Kizer completed a 38-yard pass down the left sideline. Despite coverage, wide receiver Sammie Coates was able to hang onto the football with one hand while being pushed out of bounds.
Kizer’s pass moved the Browns from Detroit’s 47-yard line to the nine. However, the Browns gained just four yards after the big pass and settled for a 23-yard field goal from rookie kicker Zane Gonzalez.
The Browns forced a turnover, and three plays later, converted it into a 10-0 lead over the Detroit Lions with 8:39 to play in the first quarter.
Middle linebacker Jamie Collins caught an interception from Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford on a pass intended for wide receiver Golden Tate. After corralling the interception, Collins was tackled at the Detroit 31-yard line, and suffered a right knee injury that forced him to the locker room.
On the first play of the ensuing drive, Browns running back Duke Johnson scampered for a nine-yard gain after catching a pass from Kizer. Then, after Johnson converted a first-down run with a three-yard gain, Kizer slipped a pass to wide receiver Kenny Britt on the left side of the field.
After securing the catch, Britt stepped his way out of a tackle attempt, and then, sprinted toward the end zone.
Kizer engineered a 10-play, 80-yard drive and finished it off with a one-yard touchdown run, which gave the Browns a 24-17 lead over the Lions with 2:23 to play in the third quarter.
Early in the drive, the Browns faced a third-and-eight from his own 22-yard line, Kizer scrambled around right end for a 20-yard gain. Then, running back Duke Johnson scampered up the middle for a 14-yard gain up to Detroit’s 44-yard line.
Late in the possession, Kizer found tight end Seth DeValve down the left side of the field for a 35-yard gain to set up the one-yard touchdown.
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