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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.

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20 Responses to “Motorcycle crash ends Marcus Benard’s season”
  1. santorin4 says: Oct 12, 2011 1:00 PM

    Nobody “Flies” 241 feet and lives to tell about it.

  2. garem75 says: Oct 12, 2011 1:02 PM

    For Brown’s fans the fun never ends!

  3. The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 12, 2011 1:11 PM

    This gigantic man was thrown further than most NFL quarterbacks can throw a football, and all he hurt was his hand?!

  4. dionoil says: Oct 12, 2011 1:12 PM

    Browns and motorcycles don’t mix

  5. friendlylittletrees says: Oct 12, 2011 1:19 PM

    Kellen Winslow is laughing.

  6. godofwine330 says: Oct 12, 2011 1:28 PM

    Dummy. I swear. I don’t like motorcycles. My brother say a guy get ripped to pieces, dude was missing a head and an arm after an accident. He came home and told me and I have never riden one before or since.

    Sad thing is, if he would have had a break out year then he would have gotten paid. He just took money out of his own pocket. Heck, the Browns could choose not to pay him while he is injured. but they probably will.

    He is lucky to be alive, indeed.

  7. cfmaguire9 says: Oct 12, 2011 1:32 PM

    Browns of Anarchy.

  8. kelvinmchale says: Oct 12, 2011 1:40 PM

    What position does he play?

  9. brownsapologist says: Oct 12, 2011 1:43 PM

    And yet, somehow he got called for holding during the crash.

  10. richm2256 says: Oct 12, 2011 1:45 PM

    How fast does one need to be driving to get thrown 241 feet??? That’s an amazing 80 yards.

    Not much sympathy for someone hurt driving that fast, he’s lucky just to be alive, let alone only have a broken hand.

    Nice touch, driving on a suspended license. One would think he’d drive a little more carefully so as not to attract the attenton of the police.

  11. bsizemore68 says: Oct 12, 2011 1:51 PM

    There is no cure for stupid, could he be the most stupid player in pro football, the Browns should get rid of him before he cause more trouble for the team. Bill

  12. stoogy says: Oct 12, 2011 2:12 PM

    hope he has a ggood recovery. raiders ganna beat up thhe browns

  13. jutts says: Oct 12, 2011 2:26 PM

    Brown’s of Anarchy. Now that’s funny.

  14. doe22us says: Oct 12, 2011 2:29 PM

    Yeah i always say i have no sympathy for stupidity.. he deserves what he got unfortunately.

  15. jabroni1 says: Oct 12, 2011 3:24 PM

    Wow he flew for more yards then the Browns will rush for next game!

  16. RomosRibs says: Oct 12, 2011 3:27 PM

    Trade hi to Miami to complete the deja vu.

  17. homelanddefense says: Oct 12, 2011 3:36 PM

    I doubt he flew 241 feet. He probably slid that far….

  18. expatpatfan says: Oct 12, 2011 3:41 PM

    If you’re a professional athlete and your job is essentially to stay healthy and in shape, don’t ever get on a motorcycle (Roethlisberger, Winslow, etc.). Just buy a Volvo and be done with it.

  19. marvsleezy says: Oct 12, 2011 3:48 PM

    He was thrown 20 yards, then miraculously landed on a slip and slide and glided safely for the next 60 yards.

  20. klunge says: Oct 12, 2011 4:20 PM

    @ expatfan:
    Amen to that. Hard to believe these guys are so dumb and careless they jeopardize their entire career to ride a motorcycle. NFL careers are short enough as it is, and they spend their money like it will never stop flowing in. This kind of thing can bring it to an end instantly. Just wait until you retire to ride the bike, you’ll still be plenty young enough.

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