Motorcycle crash ends Marcus Benard’s season

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Although Browns defensive end Marcus Benard was fortunate enough to avoid any life-threatening injuries in his motorcycle accident on Monday, his hand injury was severe enough that he will miss the rest of the season.

Benard is still being treated at the Cleveland Clinic for the hand injury, which he suffered when he was thrown from his three-wheel motorcycle on Monday. The police report says Benard was thrown 241 feet, which if true makes him awfully lucky to have nothing more than a hand injury.

Benard’s license was already suspended, so he’s facing charges of driving under a suspension, as well as reckless driving. Benard claims he was going about 60 miles an hour at the time of the crash, but a witness told WOIO in Cleveland that she was driving 60 on I-71 and that Benard “flew” past her. Other witnesses say Benard was racing another vehicle, although no one else has been charged.

Benard is the second recent Browns player to be lost for a season to a motorcycle crash; former Browns tight end Kellen Winslow missed all of 2005 after crashing his motorcycle.