Browns TE David Njoku could return this season after electing not to have surgery on wrist
The Cleveland Browns had to place David Njoku on injured reserve after the receiving tight end suffered a concussion and broken wrist in Week 2. Njoku could return this season after electing not to have surgery on his wrist per Mary Kay Cabot.
#Browns David Njoku elects not to have surgery on his broken wrist, source says, which increases the chances he'll be back this season; Damarious Randall indicates he's out of protocol, and more https://t.co/lz9fm6uCOl
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) September 24, 2019
It was all smiles while the Browns went and defeated a depleted New York Jets team on Monday Night Football in Week 2. Despite the win, there was some concern for their starting tight end after taking a nasty hit early in the game.
On the play that the injury occurred, Baker Mayfield dropped back and unloaded a pass to Njoku. As Njoku attempted to haul in the pass, the Browns tight end was hit in the legs by Nate Hairston.
The hit caused Njoku to flip and hit his head awkwardly on the ground. At the same time, he tried to brace his fall with his hand but ended up breaking his wrist.
Prior to his injury, the Florida product had four receptions for 37 yards and a score in Week 1. Nonetheless, the belief is that he can make a return to the field later in the season.
While Njoku recovers from his wrist injury, Cleveland will likely continue to rely on veteran Demetrius Harris in his place. In the Browns’ first game without Njoku, Harris caught the team’s lone touchdown on Sunday night against the Los Angeles Rams.
By the time the young tight end returns, he is likely hoping to come back to a team who is in the playoff race; not one that is playing for pride.