Cleveland Browns’ star right tackle, Jack Conklin, will be sidelined for the rest of the NFL season after tearing his ACL, according to reports from NFL Media and CBS Sports. An MRI confirmed the devastating injury, which occurred during the Browns’ season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Conklin’s injury occurred in the second quarter of the game when his left leg buckled under a hit from a defender. He was immediately carted off the field, leaving fans and his teammates concerned for his well-being. Head coach Kevin Stefanski expressed his worry in a postgame interview, stating that the outlook for Conklin did not look positive.
The loss of Conklin will undoubtedly impact the Browns’ offensive line, but the team quickly made adjustments to fill the void. Rookie Dawand Jones stepped in to replace Conklin on the right side, hoping to continue the team’s success despite the setback.
The injury comes as a significant blow for Conklin, who recently signed a lucrative contract extension worth $60 million over four years. A substantial $31 million of the deal was fully guaranteed. The right tackle, selected by the Tennessee Titans in the 2016 NFL Draft as the No. 8 overall pick, joined the Browns in 2020.
Throughout his NFL career, Conklin has emerged as one of the league’s standout offensive linemen. As a two-time First Team All-Pro, he has impressed both fans and analysts with his consistent performance. Notably, Conklin has started in all 94 NFL games he has played in, demonstrating his durability and reliability on the field.
The Cleveland Browns will have to adjust their game plan and find a way to overcome the absence of their talented right tackle. The team will be relying on their depth and talent to navigate through the challenges that lie ahead in the remainder of the season.
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