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Draft Scout Chris Gocong News
04/03/13 - Veteran safety Usama Young and linebacker Chris Gocong were released by the Cleveland Browns, who also signed kickoff specialist Brandon Bogotay.
Gocong was on injured reserve all of last season. He ruptured his right Achilles in training camp. Acquired from the Eagles in 2010, Gocong started 32 games and and had 141 tackles and 5.5 sacks with the Browns.
Young signed as an unrestricted free agent in 2011 and had 19 starts in two seasons. He was a third-round pick in 2007 and spent four seasons with the New Orleans Saints.
08/04/12 - OLB Chris Gocong suffered a torn Achilles tendon during a goal line drill Saturday morning at the team's training complex in Berea and will miss the entire 2012 season. Surgery is scheduled for Monday.
The injury is a major blow, especially if Scott Fujita's NFL imposed three-game suspension for his alleged involvement in the Saints 2009 bounty program is upheld. Gocong and Fujita had been working as the starting outside linebackers in training camp.
"Next guy up," coach Pat Shurmur said following the afternoon practice. "We're disappointed he got hurt, but we're not going to hang crepe paper here. It happens. Unfortunately, it happens. I'm very fond of Chris and the effort he puts into being a good football player. There's a loss, but the challenge is for us to cover it up with the guys on this roster."
Fourth-year linebacker Kaluka Maiava and rookie James-Michael Johnson are in line to replace Gocong. Rookies Craig Robertson and L.J. Fort will also get more playing time.
08/04/12 - LB Chris Gocong was carted off the field after injuring his right ankle defensing a pass during practice Saturday morning. Gocong was untouched on the play, but he grabbed his ankle as he was on the ground for about a minute and could not put any weight on it when he stood up, according to CBS Sports.
01/18/12 - LB Chris Gocong was a perfect fit on the strong side. He showed quickness rushing the passer and should be in line to start there next year.