NFL notebook: Browns’ Mingo suffers bruised lung

Cleveland Browns defensive end Barkevious Mingo (51) during an NFL preseason football game against the St. Louis Rams Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, in Cleveland. The Browns won the game, 27-19. (AP Photo/David Richard)

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Cleveland’s Barkevious Mingo suffered the injury Thursday against Detroit.

The speedy linebacker is still in the hospital. The change-of-pace running back needs surgery on his broken leg. The starting right guard will miss part of the regular season.

Following an impressive win, the Browns were hurting.

Browns rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo remained at The Cleveland Clinic Friday, a day after suffering a bruised lung in the first half of an exhibition win against Detroit.

Mingo, the No. 6 overall pick in this year’s draft, will spend a second night in the hospital, where he was taken before the end of the Browns’ 24-6 victory over the Lions on Thursday. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said they don’t know how Mingo sustained the injury.

‘‘We looked at the tape,’’ Chudzinski said Friday. ‘‘There wasn’t a big hit that you could see. Obviously he had a number of plays with some contact, but it was hard to determine which hit it was.’’

Chudzinski said the 6-foot, 240-pound Mingo was having trouble breathing before he left the field and was eventually transported by ambulance to the hospital before the end of the game, and that the doctors are being cautious with the 22-year-old former LSU star.

Chudzinski said it’s too early to determine how long Mingo could be sidelined. The first-round pick had a strong debut last week against St. Louis and Mingo had an impressive training camp.

He was one of five Browns players injured in Cleveland’s second straight win.

Chudzinski said running back Dion Lewis will need surgery to repair his broken leg. It’s possible the versatile Lewis could be out for the year.

Lewis broke his left fibula when he was tackled after catching a pass in the third quarter. Lewis, acquired in a trade from Philadelphia in March, has shown flashes of being a perfect complementary back behind Trent Richardson, who made his exhibition debut against the Lions and rushed for 33 yards in two series.

On Monday, Montario Hardesty dislocated his right thumb, then underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Thursday. Brandon Jackson will likely move up the depth chart into Lewis’s spot until the Browns decide their next move.

Also Thursday, starting right guard Jason Pinkston sustained an ankle sprain when teammate John Greco rolled over him on Cleveland’s second offensive series. Pinkston, who missed most of last season after developing blood clots in his lungs, will likely miss ‘‘the early part of the regular season,’’ Chudzinski said.

Browns tight end Gary Barnidge sprained his shoulder and rookie kicker Brandon Bogotay, who is competing with veteran Shayne Graham, sprained his groin.

49ers batter Smith

Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith struggled against his former team, and backup San Francisco quarterback B.J. Daniels threw a late touchdown pass to lift the 49ers past the host Chiefs, 15-13, Friday night.

Smith was just 7 of 16 for 62 yards while playing the full first half, but he did help Kansas City to two field goals. The 49ers didn’t go easy on him, either: Tony Jerod-Eddie was flagged for delivering a helmet-to-helmet hit on Smith in the second quarter.

Colin Kaepernick, who took over Smith’s job last season, only played the first few series.

Manuel closing in

Rookie EJ Manuel took another step toward securing Buffalo’s starting quarterback job, and the defense stuffed Minnesota in a 20-16 Bills victory in Orchard Park, N.Y., Friday. Manuel went 10 of 12 for 92 yards and a touchdown through three series in the second half. Kevin Kolb was 13 of 21 for 111 yards and an interception in the first half . . . Drew Brees passed for 202 yards and a touchdown while leading five scoring drives, and host New Orleans survived a sloppy second half to beat Oakland, 28-20.

White suffers sprain

Roddy White may not play the rest of the exhibition schedule while recovering from what media reports said was an ankle sprain.

The Falcons star receiver has played in 128 consecutive games, and reports say he would continue the streak if it were the regular season.


He suffered the injury during a 27-23 loss Thursday to Baltimore while getting his feet tangled with a defender in the corner of the end zone.

White has been with the Falcons every year of his eight-year career, putting up at least 80 receptions and 1,100 yards every season since 2007.

No feud for Redskins

General manager Bruce Allen doesn’t see the issue between quarterback Robert Griffin III and coach Mike Shanahan going anywhere.

‘‘I don’t see a controversy at all,’’ Allen said. ‘‘We have a very competitive player who’s dying to play football and we have a very experienced coach who’s doing the right thing.’’

Training camp came to an end for the Redskins Friday, and from beginning to end it was dominated by Griffin’s return from major knee surgery. The enormously popular quarterback and reigning NFL offensive rookie of the year moved well despite the brace on his right knee, whether he was rolling right on a bootleg or sprinting 100-plus yards along the rope barriers to slap hands with fans after practice.

It was a remarkable sight, considering that his surgery was seven months ago for an injury that often takes more than a year to completely heal. Still, he felt he should have been doing more than he was allowed under Shanahan’s practice plan and wasn’t shy about saying it publicly.

Shanahan has vetoed Griffin’s desire to play in a preseason game, preferring instead to focus on the Week 1 regular-season opener Sept. 9.

Vick back on track

Michael Vick has his swagger back.

‘‘I’m having fun playing football and I fell in love with the game again and I am thankful for that,’’ Vick said after going 9 for 10 for 105 yards in a 14-9 win over Carolina Thursday night.

‘‘You’ve got to play this game with intense passion and purpose and I thank Coach [Chip] Kelly for what he has done for me and that’s just giving me that confidence that I felt like I was losing at some point in my career.”

Vick restructured his contract, took a pay cut, and had no assurances he’d even make the roster when he returned to the Eagles. He’s been competing with Nick Foles for the starting job since Kelly arrived.

But Vick has outplayed Foles, who also looks sharp running Kelly’s up-tempo offense. Through two games, Vick is 13 of 15 for 199 yards with one TD, an interception, and a passer rating of 113.1. Foles is 11 of 14 for 96 yards, with no TDs, one pick, and a rating of 65.7 in two games.

‘‘I think we have two quarterbacks that can play in an NFL game, so we’ll continue to look at it,’’ Kelly said. ‘‘I thought both those guys played well.’’

Bell injury not serious

Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell said the left knee injury he aggravated during practice Thursday isn’t believed to be serious.

The second-round pick from Michigan State proved it by dressing in full pads and practicing in a limited capacity, participating in non-contact work with the other running backs. He sat out all team drills.

The ill-timed injury took place one day after Tomlin listed Bell and Isaac Redman as co-starters on the depth chart prior to the Steelers’ second preseason game Monday. Redman left Thursday’s practice with a stinger, but like Bell, also saw limited work on Friday.

Pollard fined for hit

Titans safety Bernard Pollard was fined $10,000 by the NFL for a late hit out of bounds in Thursday’s 22-21 win over Washington. Aldrick Robinson was on the receiving end . . . Colts tight end Dwayne Allen got rid of the walking boot on his right foot on the last day of practice, and coach Chuck Pagano said Allen is expected to miss a couple of weeks. The Colts other prominent tight end, Coby Fleener, was scheduled to have another concussion test Friday.

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