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Browns DE Marcus Benard pleads not guilty to charges from motorcycle accident

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 18, 2011

Browns defensive end Marcus Benard has pleaded not guilty to driving under a suspended license and reckless operation. Benard faces the two charges after wrecking his three-wheeled motorcycle last week on Interstate 71 in Brooklyn.

Patrick D'Angelo, Benard's attorney, faxed the pleas to Parma Municipal Court this morning. Benard did not appear in court.

A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Nov. 21. Judge Deanna O'Donnell is set to hear the case.

Benard, 26, suffered a broken hand in the accident and is out for the rest of the season. He spent three nights at the Cleveland Clinic before being released this past Thursday.

The Browns placed Benard on the reserve non-football injury list and have decided to pay him the rest of his 2011 base salary -- about $370,000 -- even though they are not required to do so.

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