Browns TE Gary Barnidge sidelined by sports hernia surgery

Coming off a breakout year, Cleveland Browns tight end Gary Barnidge has hit a stumbling block during the team's offseason program and had sports hernia surgery Thursday.

Coach Hue Jackson told reporters that Barnidge -- who had 44 career receptions from 2008-14 before racking up 79 for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns last season -- will be back in time for start of training camp in July. He reportedly had missed Wednesday's practice.

In addition to putting up big numbers in 2015, Barnidge became known for making circus catches, including these: