Center Nick Harris was carted off the field in the opening moments of the Cleveland Browns first preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with a knee injury.
It’s a concerning injury for the Browns, who were relying Harris to fill in for veteran JC Tretter, who was released in the offseason in a cap-saving move. The Browns did not have a significant update on Harris after the game, just saying the former fifth-round pick would undergo an MRI to asses the damage.
Ethan Pocic, who started 40 games over five seasons with the Seahawks on the interior of the line, filled in for Harris.
“I hate to see it for him,” Pocic said of the injury. “It always next-man-up. You just go out there and compete. That’s really what it’s all about.”
The Browns started slow — especially early with Deshaun Watson in the game — but were able to bounce back from a 13-0 deficit, reeling off 24 unanswered points. Browns new QB Deshaun Watson made his much awaited debut but was just 1 for 5 for 7 yards.
Browns Were Excitied About Harris’ Growth
Harris started just a pair of games through the first two seasons — one at right guard — but the Browns were confident enough in him to let go of Tretter, who had started all but one game over his five seasons in Cleveland.
Browns offensive line coach Bill Callahan talked about Harris