Browns All-Pro tackle Jack Conklin suffers knee injury vs. Bengals; Kevin Stefanski says it 'doesn't look good

The Cleveland Browns are holding their breath after one of their most important offensive linemen suffered a scary injury in the second quarter of their season-opening 24-3 victory against the Cincinnati Bengals. Right tackle Jack Conklin was carted off the field after suffering a left knee injury, and was quickly ruled out.

Following the 24-3 victory, Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski told reporters that it didn’t look good for his right tackle. 

“Obviously you hope, but that doesn’t look good,” Stefanski said, via “I feel absolutely awful for Jack. The person he is, the player that he is and what he means to this team. You just absolutely hate to see those things. Guys that are such a big part of what we are. So he’s hurting, I’m hurting, his teammates are hurting for him. But we’ll hold out hope there.”

Conklin was hit in the left leg by a defender, and it buckled in an awkward fashion. He remained on the turf for several minutes before being carted off the field. Rookie Dawand Jones replaced him on the right side. 

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In December, Conklin agreed to a four-year, $60 million extension that included $31 million fully guaranteed. Conklin was originally selected by the Tennessee Titans with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft out of Michigan State. At the conclusion of his rookie deal, he signed with the Browns in 2020. Conklin is a two-time First Team All-Pro (one with the Titans and one with the Browns), and has started in all 94 NFL games he has played in.

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