Cleveland linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. was carted off the field due to a left knee injury during the Browns’ Thursday night home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Walker departed with 10:34 left in the third quarter. The Browns ruled him out a short time later.
It was announced that he underwent x-rays on his knee and is set to undergo an MRI on Friday. For the time being Walker was diagnosed with a sprained knee, pending further evaluation.
Walker took a blow to the face from Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Chukwuma Okorafor during a passing play and fell awkwardly to the turf.
Okorafor then dove on the back of Walker while guard James Daniels inadvertently stepped on Walker’s legs.
Walker was the second Cleveland linebacker to be injured in the third quarter. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah departed with a quadriceps injury, and the Browns listed him as questionable to return.
Cleveland defensive tackle Taven Bryan (hamstring) also was questionable to return.
After Walker was hurt fans across social media called out Okorafor for what appeared to be a clearly dirty play.
Fox’s John Sabol tweeted: ‘No idea how the refs missed this obvious penalty on a defenseless and injured Anthony Walker. He carted off with a right knee injury moments later. Dirty, bush league play by #Steelers’ Chukwuma Okorafor. Awful look. Smh.’
A Pittsburgh supporter slammed their players actions, writing: ‘I’m a die hard Steelers fan. From birth till death. But what Chukwuma Okorafor just did right there is literally disgusting. Prayers up for Anthony Walker.’
Another warned Okorafor should leave Cleveland as soon as possible as they said: ‘Judging by my Twitter. It’s best Okorafor best bet is to hear directly to Hopkins Airport after the game. Don’t even shower…just get the hell out of Cleveland’
‘That is absolutely uncalled for by Okorafor. Absolutely uncalled for,’ another social media user added.
The Browns were still able to secure a victory, even with the injuries they suffered on defense. Cleveland can credit the 29-17 win, in large part to an efficient showing from quarterback Jacoby Brissett and the rest of the offense.