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Following suspension, Browns release linebacker Armonty Bryant

Posted at 9:46 AM, Oct 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-03 17:24:04-04

The Cleveland Browns announced Monday that the team released linebacker Armonty Bryant.

The announcement comes following the player's reinstatement from a four-game suspension. 

Bryant pleaded guilty in July to drug charges stemming from a citation he received after being pulled over on Christmas morning last year.

Bryant and former Browns player De'Ante Saunders were pulled over on Interstate 71 in Brook Park for going 75 mph in a 60 mph zone around 2:15 a.m. on Dec. 25.

Ohio State Highway Patrol officials said Bryant was in possession of Adderall at the time of the traffic stop. Saunders was driving. Troopers also found a concealed handgun with no permit.

Earlier this year, the NFL announced that Bryant would be suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2016 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.

Bryant was sentenced to serve 68 days on probation. He also received a suspended jail sentence of 180 days and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

Head Coach Hue Jackson commented on Bryant's release Monday saying: “I don’t even want to get into that. I think what is important is he is not on our team right now. We have moved on and we wish him well.”