Cleveland Browns: Scott Solomon’s Season Is Over


The injury bug has made another impact for the Cleveland Browns linebacking corp. After previous injuries to the linebackers, the team needs all of their LBs to be healthy and play much better starting on Sunday.

Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Solomon was a starter in the beginning of the season but only has played in two games. Now Solomon will not be seeing the field anymore in 2015 and the team has made two decisions going forward with their roster.

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According to Zac Jackson of Pro Football Talk, Solomon is out for the season after being placed on injured reserve. Jackson also reports that the team has claimed off of waivers safety Don Jones. Jones was with the New Orleans Saints.

Seeing how the linebackers have played and the number of injuries they have gained through five games is very frustrating. After playing in only two games for the Browns in 2014, his play during training camp this season earned him the opportunity to play an important role in the defense.

The Browns run a 3-4 defense, so the organization needs their LBs to play at a high level for plenty of success to occur. 2015 is Solomon’s sixth year in the NFL but only his second in Cleveland. Despite being a journeyman, watching him play this season showed that he may have found a place he can call home in the NFL.

His playmaking ability makes him worthy of playing regularly. However, once he comes back to play in 2016, Solomon should be used more in a reserve role. Since he has not done much in the box sheet, why should he be a starter? Once he changes that, then by all means start him.. that is if Cleveland is unable to upgrade the position.

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Now that Solomon is gone, Craig Robertson being injured, not to mention Karlos Dansby‘s early 2015 injury, getting enough production and solid play (which needs to be picked up) is going to be tough. Browns head coach Mike Pettine and DC Jim O’Neil will need to be more creative going forward to get the most out of their defense.

The Browns defense’s production has not been up to the level they should be. The defense cannot afford more long-term injuries.  Though the defense is not what it should, it is not a matter of if but when in terms of gaining success.

That may not occur during the 2015 season and if it does not, this season is going to be a growing experience for the team and their defensive core players will continue to grow and be better going forward. Either way, nothing good can come from injuries so the players who will have to take on more responsibility must also take their game to another level.

Cleveland also have had injuries in the secondary which is why the signing of Jones makes sense. He is a third year player out of Arkansas State. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins, but he has also played for the New England Patriots and the Saints. The signing of Jones gives the Browns more depth especially if S Tashaun Gipson cannot play this weekend. That is a good thing.

On the other hand, if the Browns were planning on adding to the roster, why not do something offense instead? There are talented WRs who are available for example that have different skill sets that would improve Cleveland.

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