Cleveland Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo will undergo arthroscopic surgery Thursday to repair torn cartilage in his right knee after not practicing with the team Wednesday, the team said on Thursday.
Surgeries of this type usually require at least two weeks of rehab. The procedure could keep Mingo off the field for about a month.
The Browns' season opener is on Sept. 13 against the New York Jets, so it is possible Mingo could be ready to play by then.
Mingo's latest injury adds another line to an already long list of setbacks the young player has sustained over his short NFL career. He missed a game with a bruised lung as a rookie, and had off-season surgery to repair the torn labrum in his shoulder, an injury he played through for nearly all of the 2014 season.
Mingo, 24, was the sixth pick in the 2013 draft. In 2014, he played in 15 games for the Browns and started 11, recording 26 tackles.
- Erin Flynn