Browns defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah has been ruled out for Sunday’s matchup against the New Orleans Saints.
Ogbah injured his ankle last week in the season opener against Pittsburgh which limited him to just 27 snaps. It was ruled that he sprained his ankle but it wasn’t a high-ankle sprain which kept Myles Garrett out for the first four games last season.
Injuries have hampered the start of his career so far. Last season after he got off to a great start with 29 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and six pass deflections in ten games before a fractured foot ended his season.
It seemed as though he wasn’t 100% recovered from the injury as his preseason was lackluster although it was in limited action.
The Browns are depending on him to be that dominant pass rusher opposite Garrett and with the team passing on Bradley Chubb with the fourth overall pick and not trading away multiple first-round picks for All-Pro Khalil Mack, it shows that the team is hopeful Ogbah can be that guy.
With him being out for Sunday’s matchup against New Orleans, the team will likely use a mixture of players at the defensive end position opposite Garrett. Chris Smith will likely get the start but the team will also look to insert Anthony Zettel and Ifeadi Odenigbo who they picked up off waivers last week.
Also look for the team to use rookie Genard Avery in sub-packages where they use him as a pass rusher. Avery graded out as the highest rookie in the NFL last week (1st was Browns cornerback Denzel Ward) according to Pro Football Focus after getting 3 tackles, one sack, a QB hit and a QB hurry with a overall grade of 90.3
The only other Browns player on the injury report was linebacker Christian Kirksey who is questionable with ankle and shoulder injuries.