The Cleveland Browns could do without any more bad news as they head in to the 2015 NFL season.
The Browns already have to deal with star wide receiver Josh Gordon being suspended for the entire season after drinking some alcohol on a plane, while exciting safety Tashaun Gipson has already revealed that he will be testing free agency at the end of the year.
It seems like head coach Mike Pettine has been handed another blow, with some bad news regarding Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.
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Browns rookie cornerback Ekpre-Olomu is six months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL, that was suffered in December while he was still at Oregon.
Ekpre-Olomu suffered both a torn ligament and a dislocated kneecap, and he needed a second surgery after the first one six months ago.
The 21-year old spoke to Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland, where he said he is hoping he'll still have the top class speed that made him one of the best corners in college football last year.
“The running, they say, will come easily once that’s back so right now I’m really focusing on strengthening the quad and hamstring again,” he told ESPN. “I’m not running full speed at all yet. I’m actually going back to California to meet with my doctor and from there he’ll take me to the next step."
Olomu went on to add that he wants to play as soon as possible, but if Pettine and GM Ray Farmer want him to sit and rehab until 2016 then he will.
If I can play, I want to play. So that’s going to be up to the head coach and GM. IF not, then I’m going to prepare every day like I’m going to play. I do everything everyone else is doing. I just spend extra time in the physical therapy room, so I spend about three hours in the physical therapy room every day and other than that I’m with the team every other second.”