BEREA: Browns defensive end Marcus Benard suffered a broken hand in a motorcycle accident Monday afternoon on Interstate 71 in Brooklyn.
Benard, 26, was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland and later transferred to the Cleveland Clinic, team spokesman Neal Gulkis said.
“He’s alert, stable, resting comfortably and undergoing further testing and evaluations,” Gulkis said Monday night.
Benard’s motorcycle crashed into a barrier alongside I-71 near West 65th Street, John Telich of Fox 8 first reported. The accident took place about two hours after the Browns wrapped up practice at their training facility in Berea.
Brooklyn police said the accident is under investigation.
Joe Sheehan, the Browns’ head athletic trainer, spoke with Benard on the phone after the accident, Gulkis said. Sheehan also went to MetroHealth and the Cleveland Clinic to be with Benard.
“Praying [for] my boy Marcus Benard!!!!” Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs wrote on Twitter.
Benard will obviously be sidelined, though it’s unclear how long he’ll be out. The Browns could place Benard on the non-football injury or illness list. While a player is on the list, the team can decide whether or not to pay him.
In late July, Benard, who is in his third season with the Browns, signed a one-year tender as exclusive-rights free agent.
He is scheduled to make a base salary of $525,000 this season, or nearly $31,000 per week.
Benard has played in every one of the Browns’ four games this season, compiling two tackles and a half sack, plus another tackle on special teams. He is the backup right defensive end in the team’s 4-3 scheme.
Last season, Benard had a team-high 7.5 sacks while playing outside linebacker in the Browns’ old 3-4 defense. He appeared in 15 games with two starts.
In 2009, the Browns signed Benard as an undrafted free agent out of Jackson State University. He was cut, signed to the practice squad and later signed to the active roster.
He played in six games and had 3.5 sacks.
The Browns have a history of dealing with motorcycle accidents. In May 2005, tight end Kellen Winslow, Jr., crashed his motorcycle while performing stunts in a parking lot near his home in Westlake.
He suffered several injuries, including a torn ACL in his right knee, a lacerated liver and kidney, a bruised right shoulder and a hairline fracture of his femur.
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