Browns Center Out Weeks

The Cleveland Browns sustained an unfortunate injury in Week 11's 31-23 loss to the Buffalo Bills, and they'll be feeling its ramifications for a while. Center Ethan Pocic exited early on in Sunday's game with a knee injury, and head coach Kevan Stefanski shared at his Monday presser that the offensive lineman was expected to miss weeks. Pocic played two snaps against the Bills before the untimely injury. He had played every single offensive snap of the season before Sunday's game.

Pocic is a cornerstone on a Browns offensive line that ranks among the league's very best. His 83.0 overall grade from Pro Football Focus is second among all centers this season, and his powerful blocking is a big part of a Browns ground game that has totalled the fifth-most rushing yards in the league. His absence could loom particularly large this week: the Browns face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their Pro Bowl defensive tackle Vita Vea.

Pocic joined the Browns as a free agent this past offseason on a one-year, $1.1875 million deal after five years with the Seattle Seahawks. He started 40 games in five seasons across multiple positions for the frequently maligned Seahawks offensive line. He has proven an absolute steal for the Browns, even if he doesn't play another snap this season.
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