Browns Lose WR Michael Woods, as Slew of Injuries Persists

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The Cleveland Browns wide receivers have been hit yet again with an injury concern, this one potentially more serious than several that have come before it.

Rookie wideout Michael Woods was seen on the sidelines Friday, August 5, though he did not participate in practice. Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reported that the back of Woods’ leg was heavily wrapped, as he battles a left hamstring injury.

Perhaps even more disconcerting than the wrap Woods was sporting is the fact that the lower-body issue could be recurring. The team did not say its young wide receiver had re-aggravated an old injury, but Woods also missed practice time during OTAs due to what head coach Kevin Stefanski referred to then as a “lower leg injury,” per Ulrich.

The Browns offered no timetable for the receiver’s return to action, though hamstring problems tend to linger for weeks rather than days. The development is unfortunate for Woods, a sixth-round selection in the 2022 NFL Draft out of the University of Oklahoma, who had been impressive through the first seven days of camp.

Cornerback Greg Newsome II recently spoke with Ulrich about Woods’ performance, describing the rookie wideout and his progress in glowing terms.

“He’s been doing amazing,” Newsome said on July 27. “He’s a very confident guy, which I like. He can run great routes, he’s good off the line and he can catch the football, so I think he’s going to make some plays for us this season.”

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