Posted August 19, 2013

Barkevious Mingo reportedly ‘could’ve died’ due to injury sustained vs. Lions

AFC North, Cleveland Browns
The Browns selected Barkevious Mingo with the sixth pick in the 2012 draft.

The Browns selected Barkevious Mingo with the sixth pick in the 2012 draft. (David Richard/AP)

The fact that Barkevious Mingo was spitting up blood on the Browns’ sideline Thursday night during a 24–6 preseason victory over the Lions served as a pretty good indication that the rookie linebacker had suffered a rather severe injury. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer, even Mingo, who was diagnosed with a bruised lung, may not have been aware just how serious the situation was:

Had Mingo remained on the field during the game and taken another blow to the chest, he could’ve died, according to Dr. Clark Fuller, Director of Thoracic Surgery at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Ca., who hasn’t treated Mingo. He said Mingo had already torn at least some small blood vessels, “and if you tear some larger ones, the chest cavity is an area where you could bleed to death and nobody ever sees a drop of blood on the ground.”

Cabot added that the estimated mortality rate for an injury such as Mingo’s is 14 to 40 percent.

“We’re just happy it’s not a career- or season-ending injury,” defensive coordinator Ray Horton told Cabot. “But they’re all serious when they miss playing time.”

San Diego’s Eddie Royal also bruised a lung this week, after hitting the ground hard while trying to make a catch in practice on Saturday. Royal received oxygen on the field while an ambulance and multiple fire trucks sped to the Chargers’ practice facility to tend to him. He was moved to a local hospital as a precaution.

Like Mingo, Royal appears to have skirted any long-lasting effects from the bruised lung. He did, though, also suffer a concussion, putting his status for the start of the regular season in doubt.

For now, Mingo is expected to be ready in time for the Brown’s regular-season opener on Sept. 8 against Miami in Cleveland. His injury actually occurred while he was covering the opening kickoff—he doesn’t recall the hit, but says he felt short of breath after the whistle—and the Browns plan to continue using him in that role. Mingo also should get plenty of opportunities to show off his pass-rushing prowess in rotational duty with fellow OLBs Paul Kruger and Jabaal Sheard.

Cleveland may opt to bring Mingo back slowly, if only because of the severity of his initial injury and the luxury of depth they have at his position. Still, whenever he returns to the field it will be cause for celebration, given how dire the situation could have been.

14 comments
likedoohan
likedoohan

This is a bit sensationalist. A doctor who never saw or treated Mingus basically said a person could bleed internally from a severe chest injury. A person can die from a severe head, neck, chest, abdominal, or extremity injury. Having treated many patients with pulmonary contusions, usually from motor vehicle accidents, I never had someone die unless they had severe associated injuries. A pulmonary contusion is generally considered a "bruise" of the lung, and generally resolves on its own. This is a far cry from a massive thoracic hemorrhage from disruption of large blood vessels.

doghockey
doghockey

These guys put their lives on the line when they step on the field, yet get branded as criminals when they use a substance that has been randomly declared illegal in an effort to hold their bodies together over the course of a brutal season.

Dale_Murphy
Dale_Murphy

Scary stuff right there.  Glad he's ok.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Hey, I have an idea. Let's play EIGHTEEN games per season.

mystafugee
mystafugee

...scary part is that if this was a regular season game, he probably would have gone back in.  

KevinDoucette
KevinDoucette

@doghockey Exactly how many people have died due to a football injury? They get paid very well for playing a game. Don't feel sorry for them at all.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@doghockey  

No one is making them go out there.  They could get a job like the rest of us.  They wouldn't have the half-million minimum salary, but life is a trade-off.

C-TownC
C-TownC

@mystafugee Remember how the previous coaching staff was negligent with Colt McCoy's concussion versus the Steelers. At least this regime is professional in the treatment of players.

ianforbes
ianforbes

@KevinDoucette @doghockey Ahhh, so the amount of money a person makes dictates how we should feel about them. The more money someone makes, the less we should care if they die doing what they are being paid for. Thanks for clearing that up.

robby1001
robby1001

@doghockey @KevinDoucette Lots of players have died very young after their playing career has ended, due to the concussions and/or injuries that have left them a shell of what they would have been otherwise.  Just recently, and don't know if you happened to see it, ESPN has reported the NFL doctor rep for concussion treatment was more than negligent under the Tagliabue administratiion.  Nobody has actually died on the field, but when players have to pay a severe price afterwards due to their employers "looking the other way", a raises many red flags.  Heck, if you think the players are making a lot of money just imagine how much the NFL and the ownership pool is cashing in on.