Cleveland Browns linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. will miss the rest of the season with a torn quad tendon, an injury he sustained in the Browns’ 29-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday night.
The injury will require surgery, and according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Walker will need five to seven months to recover.
The injury occurred in the third quarter of Thursday-evening’s game. Walker lay face down on the ground for a few minutes and had to be removed from the field after his leg was placed in an aircast.
“He’s a huge, huge, huge part of our football team, which he brings us on and off the field,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said on Friday.
However, what people are talking about is the blow that led to the injury. Steelers tackling Chukwuma Okorafor put a hard block on Walker, who went straight to the ground.
“Get in touch there, and after he hits him, he jumps on top of him,” Kirk Herbstreit said during the Amazon Prime Video broadcast during the replay. “I think that’s where the flag came in… A pretty violent blow before jumping on top of him.”Read:NFL Week 3 Power Rankings: Eagles, Lions and Jaguars on the rise
The flag on the piece was on Okorafor, but it wasn’t for the block. He was ruled as an unfit man downfield who nullified a 35-yard play.
The 27-year-old Walker had six tackles in the game before leaving. He finished last season with a team leading 113 tackles and one sack.
The injury thins the Browns even more on the linebacker position after their other starting linebacker, Jeremiah Owusu-Koromoah, also left the game Thursday night due to a leg injury. The injuries pushed Jacob Phillips into the starting linebacker role for Cleveland in . Phillips led the Browns to victory over Pittsburgh with seven tackles.Read:AP Exclusive: Jimmie Johnson to retire from full-time racing
With the win, the Browns moved to 2-1, atop the AFC North standings. The loss dropped the Steelers to 1-2.