BEREA – Browns outside linebacker Quentin Groves will have surgery on his left ankle and miss the rest of the season.
Coach Rob Chudzinski made the announcement this afternoon after the team’s first practice since returning from the bye week. Chudzinski said Groves will have surgery this week or next.
Groves was the fourth man in the four-man rotation at outside linebacker and a special teams captain. He signed a two-year, $2.28 million deal as a free agent in the offseason.
But Groves couldn’t stay healthy to make the impact he had hoped. He suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 2, missed three games, then was in and out of the lineup over the next four weeks as the ankle continued to be an issue.
He played Nov. 3 against Baltimore and sacked Joe Flacco, but left for good in the third quarter when he aggravated the injury.
Groves finished with five tackles and two sacks. He will be placed on injured reserve.
Chudzinski wasn’t ready to announce the player who’d be added to fill the roster spot.
“Quentin’s a valuable part of our team and a valuable part of the leadership on our team, so obviously we’re disappointed,” Chudzinski said. “But it’s the best thing right now to get that fixed and corrected. We’ll have to have other guys step up whether it’s on special teams or whether it’s on defense in the outside ’backer rotation and some of the things that he’s doing from that standpoint.”
** Chudzinski said all players made it back from the bye with no incidents.
** Tight end MarQueis Gray (hamstring) rode the stationary bike and was the only player besides Groves not to practice.
** Quarterback Jason Campbell (ribs) threw the ball well and Chudzinski said he’s fine.