A key player on defense that the Browns missed in 2012 was linebacker Chris Gocong. The Plain Dealer reports that Gocong is on pace to be back in 2013, but with the new defense, there’s no for sure on where on the field he will play.
The Browns likely will be adding linebackers to the roster as they implement multiple fronts. One player returning from injury will be Chris Gocong, who missed all of last season with an Achilles tear. Gocong is the team’s best outside linebacker, and his absence was noticeable.
Coach Rob Chudzinski said Tuesday he believes Gocong will be ready for the season opener, but didn’t offer a definitive timetable for his return.
“I would think (he’s) ready for the season,” Chudzinski said. “Short of that I’m not sure exactly what’s going to happen.”
The coach said he’s not certain if Gocong will play inside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment or outside linebacker.