Grant Delpit’s rookie season is over before it began.
The Cleveland Browns’ second-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft is out for the season after an MRI confirmed a torn Achilles in training camp, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
#Browns rookie S Grant Delpit has suffered a torn Achilles, the MRI confirmed. This ends his promising season before it began.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 25, 2020
Not many were expecting good news from the MRI after seeing the scene of Delpit’s injury, which was non-contact and required him to be carted off the field.
Just before the start of team drills, Delpit was participating in some interception drills, backpedaling and catching the ball. He went up for a pass and came down in excruciating pain -- with no contact. He pounded his fist into the turf as trainers checked him while he was on his back.
They rolled him over on his stomach, and he grabbed at his calf area while grimacing. They called for the cart, and he was helped onto it. He had his head in his hands as he was carted off, just like linebacker Mack Wilson last week when he suffered the hyperextended knee. Delpit was still wincing in pain as he rode into the fieldhouse.
Another hit for the Browns
Selected 44th overall after a championship season at LSU, Delpit was slated to start at free safety for the Browns, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The 21-year-old was a consensus two-time All-American in college, and winner of the 2019 Jim Thorpe Award for top defensive back in the nation.
In three seasons with LSU, Delpit racked up 199 total tackles, 17.5 for loss, eight interceptions, seven sacks and 24 pass deflections. He seemed to be a strong addition to a draft class headlined by Alabama offensive tackle Jedrick Wills.
It’s been a rough training camp for the Browns as far injuries. So far, Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb has landed in the concussion protocol, linebacker Mack Wilson was carted off with a hyperextended knee and cornerback Kevin Johnson was hospitalized with a liver laceration. On the same day as Delpit’s injury, his former LSU teammate Greedy Williams also had to leave practice without returning.
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