The Cleveland Browns will get a breath of fresh air when first-round draft pick Barkevious Mingo hits the field for his first NFL regular-season game Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday.
After being cautious for Week 1 with a bruised lung, the outside linebacker is "ready," according to a person close to him. He's been cleared for contact and now is 100 percent.
ESPN originally reported the news Wednesday morning.
Week 2 was the target week for Mingo when he began practicing last week.
The Browns' defensive front had a good first week in a loss to the Miami Dolphins, but it will be going up against a much better offensive line and more experienced passer, Joe Flacco, in Week 2. Getting Mingo on the field, even as a rotational rusher, is beneficial for a Browns team trying to avoid falling behind in the winless AFC North.