The Cleveland Browns have one of the NFL's better offensive lines, but they're down a starter on the inside.
Guard Shawn Lauvao underwent arthroscopic surgery on his ankle Friday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer reported, per a league source. Loose cartilage was removed during the procedure, which is expected to sideline Lauvao for about six weeks, Cabot reported.
Lauvao, 25, was carted off the practice field Monday after he was hurt in a one-on-one blocking drill with defensive lineman Phil Taylor. Third-year pro Jason Pinkston took Lauvao's spot in Thursday's 27-19 preseason win over the St. Louis Rams and likely will stay in the role for at least the first two or three regular-season games. John Greco is penciled in at left guard.
The Browns' young offensive line was productive last season. It graded out as the league's fifth-best pass-blocking unit and in the top half of the NFL as run blockers. There's enough depth here to survive Lauvao's absence for a stretch, but another injury would stir trouble.The Around The League Podcast is now available on iTunes! Click here to listen and subscribe.