Browns safety Morgan Burnett is believed to have suffered a torn Achilles in Thursday night’s win over the Steelers, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport (on Twitter) hears. He will have an MRI today to confirm, but it is expected that he will be ruled out for the rest of the season.
Before the injury, Burnett logged five tackles and an interception against his old friends in Pittsburgh. After being relegated to a part-time role in his one Steelers season, Burnett has been a full-time starter in Cleveland.
For the year, Burnett has 41 tackles, two sacks, and the aforementioned INT. Currently in his tenth year, the injury leaves his NFL future in a bit of limbo.
Burnett inked a two-year, $7.5MM deal with the Browns in April, which theoretically keeps him under contract through next season. However, the Browns could release Burnett and save $3.5MM against just $1.325MM in dead money.
To date, Burnett has made 121 career appearances (including 112 starts) for the Packers, Steelers, and Browns.
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