Browns’ Gipson could miss rest of season

CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns starting safety Tashaun Gipson’s season could be over after he sustained a severe sprain to his right knee in Sunday’s win over Atlanta.

Gipson, who leads the NFL with six interceptions, was hurt when he collided with teammate Joe Haden near the goal line while defending a pass in the fourth quarter. Gipson’s knee took the brunt of the force and his leg bent back awkwardly.

Browns coach Mike Pettine said Monday that the team has not yet decided whether to place Gipson on injured reserve. Pettine said the uncertain timetable for Gipson’s return combined with having just five games left in the regular season makes it difficult.

Gipson was unable to put any weight on his knee and was carted off.

Veteran Jim Leonhard replaced Gipson against the Falcons and will likely take over his spot.


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