Browns ‘hurting’ after DE Chris Smith’s girlfriend killed

BEREA, Ohio— Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said his team is “hurting” for defensive end Chris Smith after his girlfriend was killed in an accident.

Petara Cordero, who recently had a daughter with Smith, was struck by a car as she stood on the roadside Wednesday. Smith’s car had blown a tire and the 26-year-old Cordero exited the vehicle when she was stuck by an oncoming car driven by a woman who admitted to police she had been drinking.

Kitchens said the team will continue to support Smith, who is one of the team’s most popular players.

The first-year coach said the incident “goes beyond football” and has weighed heavily on him. Kitchens said he has “Chris is on my mind. Her family is on my mind. Her 4-week-old baby is on my mind.”

Kitchens called Smith a “good dude.” Smith is in his second year with the Browns.

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