Browns safety Rodney McLeod’s season has come to a sudden end after he suffered a bicep injury during Sunday’s game against the Steelers. Head coach Kevin Stefanski has confirmed that McLeod will have to undergo surgery to repair the injury, which means he will miss the rest of the season.
McLeod, who joined the Browns in May, has been a key player for the team this season. He has started five of the team’s 10 games and collected 29 tackles, two tackles for loss and a pass defensed in those appearances. His absence from the field will undoubtedly be felt on both sides of it as well as in the locker room.
With McLeod out of action, Ronnie Hickman and D’Anthoni Bell are likely to see more playing time alongside starter Grant Delpit. Juan Thornhill, who has started eight games this season, is currently inactive with a calf injury further complicating matters at the safety position for the Browns. It is critical that they adapt quickly to their new reality as they continue through the rest of their season without one of their most important defensive players.