The first major injury for the Browns for 2011 has taken place, as the teams punter, Reggie Hodges is officially out for season with torn Achilles tendon. The injury took place during practice on Tuesday when he sustained an injury to his left leg during drills and had to be carted off the field.
He was one of the AFC’s top punters last season, averaging 43.9 yards on 78 punts. He had 29 punts inside the 20-yard line and finished third in the league with 15 punts inside the 10. Hodges also ran 68 yards on a faked punt in an upset win over the defending Super Bowl champion Saints in New Orleans.
The 29-year-old fell without being touched after catching a snap in the back of the end zone during punting drills. He was attended to for several minutes by trainers before being driven to the team’s training facility. Lying on the back of the cart, Hodges covered his face with a towel as he went for tests and treatment.
Browns coach Pat Shurmur said Hodges injured his left foot. The team will have to ink a punter, as the club didn’t have any other punters in camp.