CLEVELAND — Defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah went down just when he was heating up.
Ogbah broke his right foot Sunday in the second quarter of the 19-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He will miss the final six games.
“The devil whispers ‘be afraid of the storm’ The warrior responds ‘I am the storm,’” he tweeted. “Minor setback for a major comeback.”
Ogbah is the latest major injury for the 0-10 Browns. Left tackle Joe Thomas (torn triceps) was lost for the year Oct. 22, and outside linebacker Jamie Collins (torn medial collateral ligament) on Nov. 12.
“It’s tough whenever you lose one of your playmakers, especially a guy like Ogbah,” outside linebacker Christian Kirksey said. “He’s done a helluva job for us.”
Ogbah had two sacks against the Lions last week and shares the team lead with rookie Myles Garrett with four. He had a tackle for loss and two passes batted Sunday.
“I just hate that for him,” cornerback Jason McCourty said. “For me as a vet coming in and seeing him as a second-year player and things being able to click for him. Just the impact on our defense. You just want to see him continue to grow. I saw the frustrated look on his face at halftime in the training room. It’s just tough.
“He’s a good player and he’s shown up week in and week out. He’s going to make a huge impact for this organization.”
Ogbah exited with 1:09 left in the first half. He grabbed his foot after chasing a play downfield, rushed the passer on the next snap and forced Blake Bortles into an incompletion along with rookie Myles Garrett before leaving. Garrett and Ogbah were just starting to develop chemistry coming from opposite ends of the line.
“It is rough seeing one of your brothers go down, especially when the tide was definitely turning in your favor,” said Garrett, the No. 1 pick. “He is a main part of that. He is one of the key parts of our defense.”
Carl Nassib, Nate Orchard and linebacker B.J. Bello saw increased playing time after Ogbah exited.
** Defensive tackle Jamie Meder (ankle) and receiver Sammie Coates (knee) left the game and didn’t return. Coach Hue Jackson said Meder will get an MRI and the team will know more about both Monday.
** Running back Duke Johnson didn’t play the final series after getting hit in an already tender shoulder. Jackson said he should be fine.
Owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam met with the players Monday, and NFL Network reported it was to discuss the rebuilding process and encourage the players to stay engaged for the remainder of the season.
The Browns are 0-10 and 1-25 in the last two seasons.
“We’re all just trying to figure out a way to win,” McCourty said. “That was the main thing. We’re all in this thing together as one unit — players, coaches, management, ownership, everybody.
“It’s been frustrating for (Jimmy Haslam), us as players, Coach Hue and the rest of the staff. We’re just trying to get in one room and figure that thing out and try to win more.”
Garrett appreciated the message.
“That they want to win as badly as we do” he said. “It is just nice to see that they are passionate about us getting over the hill.”
THE MANNING FOR THE JOB?
For years, Peyton Manning has been viewed as a possible front office alternative for the Browns, given his University of Tennessee connection with Jimmy Haslam. With wholesale changes possible, a run at Manning seems more likely than ever.
CBS’ Jason La Canfora reported Sunday morning Haslam’s interest in Manning for a prominent team president/top executive role is “very strong and sincere,” citing league sources.
The report included that the Haslam-Manning relationship is “much closer” than many realize.
Manning, one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, would have to agree to join the franchise that hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2002. Excluding the Haslam ties, Manning doesn’t have a connection to Cleveland or the Browns.
He retired after the 2015 season and may not be ready for a full-time role within an organization. He also would likely have multiple choices of teams.
NOT COOL, MAN
Jaguars punt returner Jaydon Mickens didn’t signal for a fair catch so he’s allowed to block. He took advantage of the opportunity and leveled Browns receiver and gunner Ricardo Louis with a shot to the chest as Louis looked up to spot the ball. Louis had the wind knocked out of him and remained on the ground for a few minutes before walking off.
Kirksey barked at the Jaguars bench while Louis was down.
“Just looking back at the rules, technically he can do that,” Kirksey said. “Do I think it was necessary? No. But he’s playing within the rules.
“But I’m always going to have my teammates’ back. So that definitely got us riled up off of that hit.”
Louis declined to speak with reporters.
Linebacker James Burgess led the team with a career-high 16 tackles, including a sack and three for losses. He got the start in place of Collins and has three sacks on the year.
** The inactives for the Browns were healthy scratches: quarterback Kevin Hogan, receiver Bryce Treggs, cornerback Darius Hillary, guard Marcus Martin, tight end Matt Lengel and defensive tackles T.Y. McGill and Caleb Brantley.
** The Jaguars were without left guard Patrick Omameh (quadriceps), right tackle Jermey Parnell (knee) and receiver Allen Hurns (ankle), who were inactive.
** Receiver Kasen Williams was signed to the practice squad Saturday. He was waived Thursday.