While not exactly the of magnitude of the Pro Bowl-level talent which litters the Browns' ever-bulging injury report, the club did receive good news on the injury front today. Particularly as far as the special teams unit is concerned.
The injuries suffered by Darnell Dinkins and Kris Griffin have been determined to be relatively minor in nature, The OBR has learned, and both should be ready for the season opener against Dallas in nine days.
Dinkins, who suffered an injured hip in the loss last night to the Bears, underwent an MRI at 6:30 this morning, the results of which showed no serious damage in the area. The third-string tight end is "sore, but very encouraged that the injury is nothing more than a bruising-type deal" a Browns source said.
"He's already talking about the Dallas game," the source added.
As of early this afternoon, Griffin had not undergone an MRI on the elbow injured in the second half of the loss. While an MRI is still a possibility – either tonight or tomorrow morning – the initial diagnosis is that the injury is very minor in nature and should have no effect on his ability to be physically ready for the season opener, the source said.
In addition to the good news regarding two special teamers, The OBR has learned that one of members of their 2008 rookie class is well on his way to recovering from knee surgery earlier this month.
A source close to Beau Bell tells The OBR that, while the linebacker will not be ready for the season opener, it's "not anticipated and highly unlikely" that he'll be placed on any type of injury list ahead of the roster-cut deadline tomorrow evening. The fourth-round pick out of UNLV missed all four pre-season games after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Aug.7 to remove loose cartilage behind the kneecap.
Bell's been cleared by the medical staff to resume individual drills next week, the source said, and, depending on how he fares with that step, could be back practicing with the team for the week leading up to the Pittsburgh game.