Browns defensive end Desmond Bryant is likely out for the season after sustaining a pectoral injury late last week multiple team sources tell 92.3 The Fan.
Bryant, who led the Browns with a career-high 6.0 sacks last season, sustained the injury during a workout and underwent surgery on Tuesday.
Bryant started all 14 games he played last season at left end where he totaled 33 tackles – 24 solo – and a forced fumble. He missed weeks 3 and 4 due to a shoulder injury.
The estimated recovery time following Tuesday’s surgery is 5-6 months.
With Bryant sidelined indefinitely, the door opens for Xavior Cooper and rookie Carl Nassib to compete for his snaps when training camp opens on July 29. Armonty Bryant would also be in the mix but he is slated to serve a 4-game suspension to start the season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
In 2012 former Browns defensive lineman Phil Taylor sustained a similar injury during a May workout and was able to return in early November.