Browns starting defensive end Desmond Bryant is continuing his journey on the comeback trail today by participating in the second practice of the team’s voluntary veteran minicamp.
Bryant, 28, underwent a cardiac ablation Dec. 6 at the Cleveland Clinic to fix an irregular heartbeat that ended his 2013 season after 12 games. He joined the Browns last year by signing a five-year, $34 million contract after spending the previous four seasons with the Oakland Raiders.
The 6-foot-6, 310-pound Bryant has been taking part in the Browns’ offseason conditioning program, which began April 7, though he missed the first practice of minicamp Tuesday for a personal reason, coach Mike Pettine said.
A cardiac ablation is a procedure used to destroy a small area of heart tissue that causes rapid and irregular heartbeats, according to the American Heart Association. It usually involves inserting catheters through the groin to deliver radiofrequency energy that eliminates the disruptive tissue.
Bryant had health scares in each of the past two seasons because of an irregular heartbeat.
He 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. He was then advised to undergo a cardiac ablation.
Bryant also left the Raiders’ game on 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.
Keavon Milton has been working with the offensive line during training camp. He played tight end last season as an undrafted rookie.
Milton is listed as 6-foot-4 and 293 pounds. He wore No. 63 today after donning No. 83 Tuesday.
Wide receivers Travis Benjamin (torn anterior cruciate ligament last season) and Charles Johnson (torn ACL last season), inside linebackers Brandon Magee (torn pectoral muscle last season) and Tank Carder (unknown) and defensive back Brandon Hughes (unknown) worked out on the side with trainers today but didn’t practice. All of them had the same status Tuesday.