The neck injury that Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita suffered in Week 5 against the New York Giants could be a career-ending issue, a source who has spoken with the player told NFL.com and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
This is a hugely surprising development for Fujita, who missed the game with what the Browns termed a shoulder injury. He played in Cleveland's previous four games, registering 14 tackles and one sack.
Fujita's name has been in the news for months as he fought a four-game suspension for his role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty program. The ban recently was cut to one game, though Fujita -- who always has proclaimed his innocence of any wrongdoing -- is appealing that suspension as well.
Fujita is in his 11th NFL season. A fifth-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2002 draft, Fujita has 767 career tackles and 23.5 sacks. He won a Super Bowl championship with the Saints in the 2009 season.
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