Cleveland Browns player Desmond Bryant could miss the entire 2016 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle.
According to the Browns organization, Bryant tore the muscle during a workout last week.
“First off, thank you to all the fans, friends, and family who have reached out expressing their well wishes in response to the news of my injury," Bryant said in a written statement. "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.”
Browns head coach Hue Jackson issued this statement Wednesday:
We feel awful for Des. 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. 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.