Browns defensive end Armonty Bryant tore his ACL in last Sunday’s victory over the Steelers and the team officially ended his season on Tuesday.
Cleveland announced that Bryant has been placed on season-ending injured reserve. The 2013 seventh-round pick had a sack and 11 tackles while playing in each of the team’s first five games to go with two sacks in 12 games as a rookie. Coach Mike Pettine lamented the loss of Bryant’s pass-rushing ability after the injury and the Browns are short on healthy defensive linemen to fill the void right now.
Defensive end Phil Taylor is out indefinitely after knee surgery and the team was without Ahtyba Rubin and Billy Winn against Pittsburgh as well. The team acted to shore up their defensive front by signing Sione Fua.
Fua was a third-round pick of the Panthers in 2011 and started 11 games as a rookie before falling down the depth chart to the point that the team tried him at guard last year. That didn’t work out, which led to Fua landing in Denver for two games near the end of the regular season. He was inactive in the postseason and didn’t make the club this summer.