FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2015, file photo, Cleveland Browns defensive end Desmond Bryant reacts after sacking San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert during the second half of an NFL football game, in Cleveland. Browns starting defensive end Desmond
Ron Schwane, File
July 13, 2016

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.''

''We feel awful for Des,'' said first-year coach Hue Jackson. ''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. We all understand that injuries are part of this profession and as a team you have to find a way to overcome them.''

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.

Bryant expressed his gratitude for well-wishers.

''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,'' he said.


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