Browns confirm Bryant “likely” to miss 2016 season


The Browns confirmed Wednesday morning that defensive end Desmond Bryant had surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle and it’s unlikely that Bryant will be able to play in 2016.

His injury was first reported Tuesday night, the day Bryant had the surgery. The Browns confirmed that Bryant was injured during a recent workout; the team’s statement said that although a full recovery is expected, Bryant will miss a significant period of time.

“We feel awful for Des,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said in the team’s statement. “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. [Defensive Coordinator] 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, 30, led the Browns with six sacks last season. He’s been a starter in all three of his previous seasons with the Browns.

“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,” Bryant said.