CLEVELAND (AP) Browns starting defensive end Desmond Bryant will miss the upcoming season with a chest injury.
Cleveland's leader in sacks last season, the 30-year-old Bryant underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn pectoral muscle. The Browns said Bryant sustained the injury during a workout last week.
The team said Wednesday that Bryant is expected to make a full recovery, but ''will unlikely be able to return during the 2016 season.''
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First-year coach Hue Jackson says the team will miss Bryant, as he was hoping to become a leader on the team.
The Browns signed Bryant as a free agent in 2013 after the former Harvard player spent four seasons with the Oakland Raiders. He had six sacks in 14 games last season and has recorded 14 1/2 sacks during his three seasons with Cleveland.
Bryant had recently said he hoped to serve as a mentor to Cleveland's younger players.
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