The Cleveland Browns confirmed Wednesday that DL Desmond Bryant has, in fact, undergone surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle and will likely be out for the season.
“We feel awful for Des,” HC Hue Jackson said. “This is a young man that worked extremely hard this off season to prepare himself for the 2016 season. He really bought into our coaching, our team-over-self-philosophy and was intent on becoming a leader for our team. Ray (Horton) and the defensive staff were expecting a really productive season from him. We all understand that injuries are part of this profession and as a team you have to find a way to overcome them. There is no doubt that we will miss Des this season and we all wish him a speedy recovery.”
Bryant released the following statement:
“First off, thank you to all the fans, friends, and family who have reached out expressing their well wishes in response to the news of my injury.While I’m frustrated and disappointed about having to miss some time out there with my teammates, I take comfort in knowing that preparations have already begun for an epic return.”
Lima adds that this injury would cost Bryant five-six months recovery time, which means he will likely be a candidate to be placed on season-ending injured reserve.
If Bryant is in fact out for the year, third-round pick Carl Nassib could be in position for a decent amount of playing time in year one.
It still wouldn’t be surprising to see the Browns look to the free agent market for some help as they head into training camp.
Bryant, 30, originally signed on with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Harvard before joining the Browns a free agent in 2013. He’s in the fourth year of his five-year, $34 million contract that included $15 million guaranteed. He stands to make base salaries of $6 million and $7 million over the next two years.
In 2015, Bryant appeared in 14 games for the Browns and recorded 33 tackles, six sacks and a forced fumble. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 54 interior defensive lineman out of 123 qualifying players.