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Browns practice notes: Starting defensive end Desmond Bryant back in action after health scare

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 7, 2013

Browns starting right defensive end Desmond Bryant practiced today after leaving a 37-24 win over the Buffalo Bills Thursday night because he was experiencing shortness of breath and an irregular heartbeat.

Bryant was taken to the Cleveland Clinic during the game and hospitalized overnight before being released Friday. Despite the scare, Bryant is expected to play Sunday when the Browns (3-2) host the Detroit Lions (3-2), coach Rob Chudzinski said.

“He’s fine,” Chudzinski said Friday during a conference call. “Everything is back to normal. I’m not expecting any issues going forward.”

When Bryant played for the Oakland Raiders last season, he left a game Nov. 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with an accelerated heartbeat. He then played the next week.

“We’re taking precautions and steps so that it doesn’t happen again,” Chudzinski said.

Bryant leads the Browns with 3.5 sacks.

Other injury updates

Fullback Chris Ogbonnaya (concussion) did not practice today, but he ran sprints on the side. He suffered a concussion Thursday against the Bills.

Starting right outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard (sprained left knee), backup outside linebacker Quentin Groves (high-ankle sprain) and backup defensive end Billy Winn (strained quadriceps) did not practice today. Sheard and Groves worked out on the side with a trainer. Sheard wore a brace on his left knee.

Sheard and Winn haven't played since they were hurt Sept. 22 against the Minnesota Vikings. Groves hasn't played since he was hurt Sept. 15 against the Baltimore Ravens.

Roster move

The Browns re-signed wide receiver Josh Cooper to their practice squad and released linebacker Justin Staples. Cooper practiced today.


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