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Browns Zeitler to miss a few weeks due to calf injury: Coach

Zeitler, 28, has missed a total of eight games in six NFL seasons, and none since 2014. He spent his first five seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, who took him 27th overall in the 2012 draft, before joining Cleveland.


Reuters 03 Aug 2018, 01:10 AM United States

Cleveland Browns guard Kevin Zeitler will miss a few weeks due to a calf injury sustained Wednesday, head coach Hue Jackson told reporters Thursday.

"Kevin is going to be OK, but he will be down for a little while," Jackson said. "It is unfortunate, but we will get him back. Hopefully, he'll be ready to go in the next couple weeks or so. Those things do happen in training camp."

Zeitler left Wednesday's practice early and did not return. Third-year man Spencer Drango, who has experience at tackle and guard, stepped in at right guard and remained there during Thursday's work. The line had already been shaken up after Joel Bitonio moved out to left tackle on Wednesday, with rookie Austin Corbett taking his place at left guard.

Zeitler, 28, has missed a total of eight games in six NFL seasons, and none since 2014. He spent his first five seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, who took him 27th overall in the 2012 draft, before joining Cleveland.

The Browns gave Zeitler $12 million annually in free agency, then a record among guards, and he joined Bitonio to form one of the league's best guard tandems. Zeitler allowed just 1.5 sacks, per STATS Inc., and Bitonio was a second alternate for the Pro Bowl.

Jackson told reporters Wednesday that the team sees Corbett, a second-round pick in April, as its third-best guard, which made him a starter once Bitonio was moved to left tackle.

Bitonio, who relegated Shon Coleman to second string, has performed well on the blind side -- which he hasn't played since college -- through two days of work.

"(Defensive end) Myles (Garrett) is bringing it, and that's the best look (Bitonio) can get every day," Jackson said. "It's really fun to see because Joel is not giving up anything. It's a battle, and he's doing well."

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