The Browns will pay defensive end Marcus Benard the rest of his salary for this season even though he has been placed on the reserve non-football injury list following a motorcycle accident Monday, a league source confirmed this afternoon for the Beacon Journal.
Benard, 26, was charged with driving under a suspended license and reckless operation after he lost control of his three-wheeled motorcycle and hit a guardrail alongside Interstate 71 in Brooklyn. He suffered a broken hand and is out for the season. Browns coach Pat Shurmur said he expects Benard to be released from the Cleveland Clinic today.
The Browns are not required to pay Benard while he's on the non-football injury list. However, they're going pay him about $370,000, which is the remainder of his 2011 base salary of $525,000.
Benard is scheduled to appear in Parma Municipal Court at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 18.