BEREA — Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson walked off the practice field Tuesday night with a sorrowful look on his face, seemingly indicating a serious injury.
Jackson left practice, then returned to the field without his No. 52 jersey and with a towel around his neck. He spoke with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and a number of teammates, most of whom walked away shaking their heads. Jackson was walking fine, so it was an upper-body injury. He tore a pectoral muscle last season, costing him the final 10 games.
A Browns spokesman said the team wouldn’t have any update Tuesday night. The team doesn’t practice Wednesday.
Jackson wasn’t gone from the field long enough to have an extensive examination, so he probably felt something. An X-ray or MRI will be necessary to confirm the injury and its seriousness.
The Browns have good depth at linebacker, as seven others have started in the NFL. But Jackson is one of their most talented. He was a second-round pick in 2006 and has started 48 games. He led the NFL with 188 tackles in 2008.