The Browns placed starting right defensive end Desmond Bryant on the reserve/non-football illness list with an irregular heartbeat, meaning his season is finished, the team announced today.
Bryant will undergo “a minor heart procedure” this week to correct the issue, Browns spokesman Zak Gilbert said. Bryant is expected to make a full recovery and is expected to be able to resume his career, Gilbert said.
The 6-foot-6, 310-pound Bryant reported the symptoms Monday, a day after he played 47-of-74 snaps and finished a 32-28 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Gilbert said. Bryant is not in the hospital and is feeling fine, Gilbert said.
Bryant, who signed a five-year, $34 million contract with the Browns in March after spending the previous four seasons with the Oakland Raiders, has left games with heart problems in each of the past two seasons.
Bryant exited the Browns’ win over the Buffalo Bills early in the third quarter Oct. 3 because he was experiencing an accelerated heartbeat and shortness of breath. Bryant was taken to the Cleveland Clinic during the game and hospitalized overnight before being released the next day. He also left the Raiders’ game Nov. 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with similar symptoms. In both cases, he played the following week.To read more or comment...
Injury report for Dec. 4, 2013
Did not participate: Quarterback Jason Campbell (concussion) and quarterback Brandon Weeden (concussion, knee). Limited participation: inside linebacker Tank Carder (shoulder), inside linebacker Craig Robertson (knee) and tight end MarQueis Gray (hamstring). Full participation: Right tackle Mitchell Schwartz (toe), running back Willis McGahee (knee), punter Spencer Lanning (left knee) and outside linebacker Paul Kruger (finger).
Did not participate: Offensive tackle Marcus Cannon (ankle), wide receiver Aaron Dobson (foot) and linebacker Brandon Spikes (not injury related). Limited participation: Cornerback Kyle Arrington (groin), cornerback Marquice Cole (shin), cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (knee), safety Steve Gregory (finger), tight end Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm, hamstring), tight end Michael Hoomanawuni (knee), offensive tackle Will Svitek (ankle) and cornerback Aqib Talib (hip). Full participation: Wide receiver Danny Amendola (groin), quarterback Tom Brady (right shoulder), wide receiver Matthew Slater (wrist) and running back Shane Vereen (wrist).
Browns coach Rob Chudzinski met with reporters today before practice. Here is a transcript from the news conference:
Opening statement: “Good morning. Let’s jump right into New England. A great challenge for us this weekend. They’re a great team. Obviously, I have the utmost respect for (Patriots Head) Coach (Bill) Belichick and his staff. They’re 9-3, first place in the AFC East. We have a group of guys that are competitors, and I know that they’re looking forward to the challenge this week, and we’ll be ready for that challenge.
“As you look at New England on offense, an outstanding offense. The balance between run and pass has been excellent this year. They’re running the no-huddle, which creates issues and we have to be ready for. It all starts with (Patriots QB) Tom Brady, one of the best in the game, one of the best that’s ever played. It’s amazing. He has new faces around him and is still able to produce the way he has throughout the course of his career, making plays in critical situations and finding ways to win. The receiver position, a couple of rookies, (Patriots WR Aaron) Dobson and (Patriots WR Kenbrell) Thompkins, who are playing as well as (Patriots WR Julian) Edelman and (Patriots WR Danny) Amendola, who in the slot that really give people match-up problems as you’re watching them on tape. They have a number of running backs that have been very productive. (Patriots RB) Shane Vereen is a dual-threat that plays a lot in their packages as a runner and as a receiver. At tight end, they use multiple-tight end packages. (Patriots TE) Rob Gronkowski, probably the best all-around tight end in the game, is a real weapon and a very difficult match up for teams. Their offensive line is very good, very solid, plays well and does a good job in both the run and the pass, as I mentioned, really helping their balance this year.
“Defensively, they’ve had some injuries, but they had guys step up and step in for them. They made key plays at key times. As you look at their defensive line, they’ve been hit by a number of those injuries, but those guys have stepped in and played solid. Their outside linebackers are a real good group. (Patriots DL Rob) Ninkovich and (Patriots DL) Chandler Jones, you look at Chandler Jones and his ability to create pass-rush; he’s a difference-maker in that area for them. Their inside backers, (Patriots LB Brandon) Spikes and (Patriots LB Dont’a) Hightower, are solid, good players and they’ve played well for them. Their secondary is a very good secondary. You look at (Patriots DB Aqib) Talib as a corner, as a match-up corner, and he’s playing against the best receiver that the opposing team has. (Patriots DB Alfonzo) Dennard and (Patriots DB Kyle) Arrington have played very well, as well. Their safeties are very versatile guys. I’m familiar with (Patriots DB) Steve Gregory from my time at San Diego, and (Patriots DB Devin) McCourty, are both playing their roles so well. They do a lot of different things in terms of dime; they can move those guys move down, they can play them deep as a safety so real versatile in terms of what they do in that standpoint.To read more or comment...