The Cleveland Browns are going through some options at linebacker with the injury Sione Takitaki suffered on Sunday.
In their victory over the Houston Texans, Takitaki suffered a season-ending ACL tear.
However, head coach Kevin Stefanski has some thoughts about the team’s options at linebacker.
While they are down a man, it’s not shaking Stefanski, as they head into a tough divisional game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Stefanski Feels He’s Got A Solid Lineup With The Team’s Linebackers
Despite the injury to Takitaki, Stefanski says he has “options,” and expresses how the team will have “a good plan” for their upcoming game.
#Browns HC Kevin Stefanski on LB situation "We have options…we'll make sure we have a good plan going into this one"
— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) December 5, 2022
However, what are the options he has to replace the injured linebacker?
A look at their current roster shows they have Tony Fields II and Jordan Kunaszyk.
Fields had himself a solid performance against the Texans, as he had an interception returned for a touchdown.
However, two other of their linebackers, Anthony Walker Jr. and Jacob Phillips, are both on injured reserve.
With the current roster being short-handed on linebackers, one can only wonder where this depth is coming from.
Fans who look into the practice squad can find three options for the Browns.
They are Sam Kamara, Tae Davis, and Jermaine Carter.
With Carter being the only player to see action this season, he’s the likely player Stefanski will call on to add depth to the linebacker group.
However, it’s likely Fields gets the start in the team’s game against the Bengals.
With some time to prepare, Stefanski at least has some players he can call on with Takitaki out for the season.
Tim Zifzal says
Coach Stefanski will make the right decision… He helped produce the best year of Jacoby Brissett career. And inherited Baker Mayfield and coached the Browns to a playoff season and a playoff victory. We have a phenomenal coach in coach Stefanski and this decision will be made and we will get the most out of the linebacker position. We are down to our fourth string center and the position is still very solid. GO BROWNS!!
Tim Zifzal says
Coach Stefanski will know how to handle the linebacker situation… We are playing with a fourth string center that is doing a very good job. He had a back career Quarterback in Jacoby Brissett play his best football of his career. He had a first pick in the draft in Mayfield that obviously has not worked out play a season in which he could cover has much of the the quarterbacks liability as he possibly could. So yes he can make the linebacker injury situation work to the best as it possibly can……