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Browns safety Morgan Burnett believed to have suffered torn Achilles

Morgan Burnett

Cleveland Browns safety Morgan Burnett is believed to have suffered a torn Achilles during his team’s win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Burnett will undergo an MRI on Friday to confirm the damage.

The veteran played a big role in the Browns’ 21-7 victory against his former club, finishing with five tackles and an interception.

On the season overall, Burnett has logged 41 tackles, a couple of sacks and a pick.

The 30-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Georgia Tech, was originally selected by the Green Bay Packers in the third round (71st pick overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.

He became a full-time starter for the Packers as soon as his second season, totaling 109 tackles, a sack, three interceptions, a pair of forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 11 passes defended.

Burnett was a mainstay in Green Bay’s secondary all the way through 2017, posting four straight seasons of 100-plus tackles from 2011 through 2014. His high-water mark was 143 stops in 2014.

The East Point, Ga. native then joined the Steelers for one season in 2018, playing in 11 games and registering 30 tackles and six passes defended.

Pittsburgh released Burnett back in April, and a few days later, he signed with Cleveland.

The Browns improved to 4-6 with their Week 11 win over the Steelers, but their playoff chances still remain remote. In addition, they may have lost defensive lineman Myles Garrett for the rest of the season due to his involvement in a brawl with Pittsburgh.

Cleveland will take on the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 24.