Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita's career suddenly appears to be in doubt because of a neck injury, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported on Monday. Mortensen reported that both the team and player worry the injury could be of the career-threatening variety.
Browns LB Scott Fujita has neck injury team & player fear is career ender, per sources. 11 yrs in NFL. Busy NFL Monday Countdown #NFLreality
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) October 15, 2012
The report is a seemingly stunning development for Fujita. He missed Sunday's win over the Cincinnati Bengals with what the team termed as a "shoulder/neck injury," but the team gave no indication that it was long-term or career-threatening. He suffered the injury during the Browns' Week 5 loss to the New York Giants, when he left the game and never returned.
Fujita had player in the Browns' previous four games, recording 14 tackles and one sack.
Fujita has been one of the most outspoken critics of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the ongoing Saints bounty scandal. Fujita blasted Goodell in a statement last week after the commissioner reduced his three-game suspension reduced to one. "Additionally, I am now purportedly being suspended for failing to confront my former defensive coordinator for his inappropriate use of language," Fujita said in the statement. "This seems like an extremely desperate attempt to punish me. I also think it sets a dangerous precedent when players can be disciplined for not challenging the behavior of their superiors. This is an absolute abuse of the power that's been afforded to the Commissioner."