Carl Nassib suffers unfortunate setback after impressive start to NFL career
At this time last week, things were looking good for Carl Nassib.
Fresh off an impressive season opener, the former Penn State star earned his first NFL start. The Cleveland Browns rookie was already winning over his head coach.
“We don’t really give anybody nothing,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said. “You have to earn it, and he’s playing well. He really is. He’s doing some good things, and any player that plays the game the way we want them to play should be rewarded for that so he is.”
But now, Nassib’s fast start appears to have hit a bump in the road.
Cleveland.com reported that Nassib broke his hand on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. Following surgery, his timetable to return is uncertain.
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Nassib suffered the break on a play midway through the third quarter. It isn’t known which play resulted in the injury. He was taken to the locker room, where X-rays revealed that his hand was broken.
Before the injury, Nassib played on most of the snaps.
That’s tough news for the former B1G Defensive Player of the Year. Nassib recorded a sack and he batted down a pass at the line of scrimmage.
The former walk-on burst onto the scene as a senior last year. He set Penn State’s single-season sacks record and earned a slew of national awards, including the Lott IMPACT Award.
Nassib was selected by the Browns in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft.