November 22, 2014

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Browns: Bryant is lost for the season

BEREA — Defensive end Desmond Bryant will have a surgical procedure this week to correct an irregular heartbeat, and his first season with the Browns is over.

Bryant experienced symptoms Monday morning, according to a team spokesman, and was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list Wednesday. He wasn’t in the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

The irregular heartbeat has been an issue before for Bryant. He left the Buffalo game Oct. 3 and a game last year when he was with Oakland. He was taken to the hospital both times, but didn’t miss a game on either occasion.

Bryant felt his heart racing during the Bills game and was taken to the Cleveland Clinic, where doctors slowed it with medication. Bryant knew then surgery was possible but said “we’re not at that point yet.”

Bryant, 27, signed a five-year, $34 million contract in the offseason, including $15 million guaranteed. He started all 12 games, totaling 45 tackles and 3.5 sacks. He’s tied for second on the team in sacks, but they all came in the first three games.

Billy Winn will likely replace Bryant in the starting lineup. Winn has started two of seven games, missing five with a quadriceps injury. He has 20 tackles and a sack.

Receiver Brian Tyms (6-foot-3, 204 pounds) was promoted from the practice squad to fill the roster spot. He played in three games with no catches before spending last week on the practice squad.

Injury report

Inside linebackers Craig Robertson (knee) and Tank Carder (shoulder) returned to practice in limited capacity.

Robertson, a starter, has missed two games. Carder, his backup, missed one. Darius Eubanks started last week against Jacksonville with both of them out.

“You’re on that different perspective,” said Carder, who watched from a suite with the injured players. “Usually I’m down there getting my mind ready to go. But I was up there eating nachos and watching them getting ready to go. It was tough.”

• Quarterbacks Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden were the only Browns not to practice. They are recovering from concussions.

• Linebacker/special teamer Eric Martin practiced after leaving Sunday’s game with a head injury.

• For the Patriots, starting right tackle Marcus Cannon (ankle), starting linebacker Brandon Spikes (not injury related) and receiver Aaron Dobson (foot) didn’t practice.

A Lombardi fan

Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Browns general manager Michael Lombardi worked together in Cleveland when Belichick was coach from 1991-95. They remain close.

“He’s very smart, very well-prepared, very thorough, does a great job with evaluating players, putting together a team, just generally finding talent,” Belichick said on a conference call with Browns media.

He expounded when talking to reporters in New England.

“He understands football,” Belichick said. “He understands not just personnel but schemes and how certain players fit into certain schemes better than others because of the responsibilities in those schemes. There are obviously a lot of different coaches in this league, different coaches in college, so that affects the performance of the players — some good, some bad, depending on how they fit into that particular system.

“Mike is a hardworking guy that won’t leave a stone unturned. He’ll find players, the Tony Joneses of the world, the Wally Williamses of the world, the guys like that that played very well for us at Cleveland that nobody ever heard of. He has a way of finding those guys.”

A Hoyer fan

Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer, who’s out for the year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, got his start with the Patriots. He was undrafted out of Michigan State in 2009, yet made the roster as the backup to Tom Brady.

“Brian works hard, very well-prepared, has a good playing style,” Belichick said. “He’s a tough, competitive kid that’s smart and sees the field well.

“Wish him well, hope things are going well with his recovery. I communicated with him and his family a couple times and hope his rehab is going smoothly.”

Typical Bill

Belichick has been in the league 39 years, and was asked if he’s trying to get to 50.

“I take it one week at a time, one year at a time,” he said in his familiar monotone. “Right now, I’m not really looking past Cleveland on Sunday. Hopefully we can get our team ready to go and play well and improve where we were last week and play a good football game on Sunday. That’s really all we’re trying to do, all I’m trying to do right now, that’s all our team’s focused on.

“We’ll worry about some other year some other year, but for right now our plate’s full getting ready for the Browns.”

Extra points

Receiver Josh Gordon wasn’t named AFC player of the week despite setting a franchise record with 261 yards and becoming the first player in NFL history with back-to-back 200-yard receiving games. He had 10 catches and two touchdowns.

The award went to Denver’s Eric Decker, who had eight catches for 174 yards and four touchdowns in a victory.

• Chris Ogbonnaya remains in the second spot among fullbacks in fan voting for the Pro Bowl. Carolina’s Mike Tolbert leads with 269,739, and Ogbonnaya has 191,422.

• The Browns signed defensive back T.J. Heath, defensive lineman Cam Henderson and linebacker Jonathan Stewart to the practice squad. Linebacker Justin Staples was released from the practice squad.

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