For the second straight year, the Browns entered August hoping to see a draft pick out of LSU rise into the starting lineup in their secondary.
That draft selection, safety Grant Delpit, will unfortunately miss all of his rookie season.
Delpit tore his Achilles at Browns practice Monday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday evening as results from an MRI confirmed what Cleveland had been fearing after Delpit was carted off the field. The team announced Tuesday morning that Delpit will undergo season-ending surgery.
Live coverage of Browns practice on NFL Network showed Delpit needing to be helped onto the cart before he was taken inside.
Delpit's sophomore season at LSU had him heading toward a first-round selection, but an ankle injury contributed to a down junior campaign, leading to Delpit's slide into the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Cleveland happily scooped him up at No. 44 overall, penciling Delpit in to replace the departed Damarious Randall on the back end of the defense.
The answer to an important void in Cleveland's secondary will now need to be replaced. The Browns remade their safety room in the offseason, signing Karl Joseph and veteran Andrew Sendejo along with drafting Delpit. Sendejo should be expected to step in in place of Delpit. Cleveland also has 2019 fourth-round pick Sheldrick Redwine as a possible option on the back end.
It's been a rough week or so when it comes to the Browns' injury report, which has seen promising second-year linebacker Mack Wilson carted off, Nick Chubb suffer a concussion and cornerback Kevin Johnson end up in the hospital with a lacerated liver. Delpit unfortunately joined that group Monday.