BEREA, Ohio (WKBN) – Cleveland Browns’ head coach Kevin Stefanski announced on Saturday that starting center Nick Harris will likely undergo surgery on his right knee and miss the entire 2022 season.
Harris suffered the injury on the second offensive play in Friday night’s preseason opening victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Stefanski said he wants to make sure the team has all of the information before officially concluding that Harris will miss the entire season.
“All of these injuries stink, ” Stefanski said. “You do not like anybody to get injured. Nick certainly is a guy who has been working so hard this offseason. Really hoping that it is not a season-long thing because the kid just worked so hard.”
Offseason free agent signee Ethan Pocic replaced him following the injury. Pocic spent the last five years with the Seahawks. He is, a 2017 second-round pick from LSU, and started 10 games last season and has 47 career starts.
“He’s a big center,” Stefanski said. “He’s got really good size and has played a lot of football in his career. For us, it’s getting him good exposure for what we do. I think he’s done a nice job with (offensive line) coach (Bill) Callahan and (assistant offensive line) coach (Scott) Peters in understanding out techniques.”
Harris was a fifth round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft. He took over the starting job after veteran J.C. Tretter was released. Tretter remains a free agent.
The Browns will play their second preseason game against the Eagles on Sunday Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. at First Energy Stadium. The game will be televised live on WYTV-33.