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Browns DE Desmond Bryant reveals he's been cleared to resume career after undergoing heart procedure

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 7, 2014

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Browns starting defensive end Desmond Bryant announced today via Twitter that he has received medical clearance to return to football after undergoing a cardiac ablation Dec. 6 at the Cleveland Clinic.

“Everybody has been asking about my health,” Bryant tweeted. “The doctor gave me full clearance, and I am currently preparing for a very successful 2014 season!”

Asked about Bryant’s announcement, a team spokesman said, “He continues to make excellent strides toward a full recovery.”

The Browns will begin their offseason workout program April 7.

Bryant, 28, underwent a cardiac ablation to fix an irregular heartbeat that ended his first season with the Browns after 12 games. The procedure is used to destroy a small area of heart tissue that causes rapid and irregular heartbeats, according to the American Heart Association. It typically involves inserting catheters through the groin to deliver radiofrequency energy that eliminates the disruptive tissue.

Bryant, who joined the Browns by signing a five-year, $34 million contract last March after spending the previous four seasons with the Oakland Raiders, had health scares in each of the past two seasons because of the condition.

The 6-foot-6, 310-pound Bryant left the Browns’ win over the Buffalo Bills early in the third quarter Oct. 3 because he experienced an accelerated heartbeat and shortness of breath. He was hospitalized overnight.

Bryant returned to action for the next game, but two months later, he reported symptoms the day following a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Dec. 1. That’s when he was advised to undergo a cardiac ablation.

Bryant also left the Raiders’ game Nov. 4, 2012, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with similar symptoms.

Last season, Bryant started all 12 games in which he appeared and compiled 45 tackles, including 3½ sacks. He led the Browns with 32 quarterback harassments, which combines pressures and hits.

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