Browns linebacker Anthony Walker suffered a season-ending quad injury during a win over the Steelers.

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The Browns’ Thursday night win over the Steelers came at a cost. Linebacker and defensive captain Anthony Walker will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn quad during the game, CBS Sports NFL Insider reports. Confirmed by Josina AndersonWalker’s injury recovery time is estimated at five to seven months, per ESPN.

Walker suffered the injury in the second half of Cleveland’s 29-17 win over Pittsburgh. He was carted off the field after being evaluated on the field by the team’s medical staff. Despite Walker’s absence, the Browns defense held the Steelers to just one field goal during the second half, recording the game’s final score on Denzel Ward’s fumble recovery in the end zone.

Walker, a six-year veteran, entered the NFL with the Colts as a fifth-round pick in the 2017 draft. He became a full-time defensive player during his second season while helping the Colts advance to the divisional round of the playoffs. Walker spent two more years in Indianapolis before signing a one-year deal with the Browns in March 2021. Despite missing four games with an injury, Walker managed to record 113 tackles in his first year in Cleveland.

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Walker had 13 tackles and a league-high four sacks before the injury this season. Jacob Phillips, a 2020 third-round pick with four regular-season starts under his belt, replaces Walker in the starting lineup.

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