BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland Browns linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. will miss the remainder of the 2022 season after a torn quad tendon in Thursday’s win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team announced Friday.
The injury, which was confirmed Friday by an MRI and requires surgery, is believed to require a five to seven-month recovery, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Walker was taken off the field after being injured in the third quarter of the 29-17 Browns win. He lay on his face for a few minutes before trainers placed an air cushion around his knee and helped him onto the cart.
“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 Friday before the MRI results were announced.
Walker, 27, had six tackles against Pittsburgh before his injury. He had a team-leading 113 tackles and one sack in 13 games last season, his first with Cleveland.
Jacob Phillips is expected to take over from Walker as the Browns’ starting linebacker. Phillips had a team-high seven tackles and a sack against the Steelers.Read:Eagles News: Carson Wentz admits he could have been better as a person and a teammate in Philly
“We have a lot of confidence in him,” Stefanski said of Phillips. “He plays the way he plays [Thursday] night, I think he can really influence the game.”
The Browns also lost their other starting linebacker, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, to a quad injury on Thursday. Owusu-Koramoah spent several minutes in the medical tent before going to the locker room.