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Browns Starting LB Christian Kirksey Heading to IR With Chest Injury

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 16: Le'Veon Bell #26 of the New York Jets makes a catch against Christian Kirksey #58 of the Cleveland Browns in the second quarter at MetLife Stadium on September 16, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
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On Monday night, Cleveland Browns starting linebacker and team captain Christian Kirksey suffered a serious chest injury, believed to be a torn pectoral muscle. It's not known whether the pec is fully torn, but either way, Kirksey is back on the injured reserve, where he spent the final seven games of last season with a hamstring injury.

Kirksey was able to play just seven games in 2018, totaling 43 tackles, five passes defended and two interceptions.

In a corresponding move, UDFA Willie Harvey Jr. was promoted from the practice squad to take Kirksey's place. However, Harvey Jr. will back up rookie linebacker Mack Wilson, who is expected to step into Kirksey's place for Sunday night's tilt against the Los Angeles Rams.

Kirksey was enjoying a solid start to the year, putting together 11 tackles, including two tackles for loss. Prior to the hamstring injury, Kirksey had yet to miss a game in four seasons, but now it seems as though he's having trouble staying healthy.

The Browns have had to endure a slew of injuries as of late, as tight end David Njoku was also placed on the injured reserve due to a wrist injury, and safety Damarious Randall is still in concussion protocol.

Get well soon, Christian. Cleveland needs you back as soon as possible.