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Desmond Bryant | Defensive Lineman

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (28) / 12/15/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 310
College: Harvard
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Browns RE Desmond Bryant (heart) has been participating fully in the team's offseason workout program.
Bryant was cleared last month after his first season in Cleveland was cut short by an irregular heartbeat. He later underwent a cardiac ablation. Bryant will be a fine fit in new coach Mike Pettine's attacking defense. He can push the pocket and plays stout run defense. He led the Browns with 32 pressures and hits in 2013. Apr 30 - 2:21 PM

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Browns RE Desmond Bryant has received full medical clearance after his 2013 season ended in December with an irregular heartbeat.

He should be all systems go for OTAs. Bryant was having a respectable first season in Cleveland before the medical scare, with 3.5 sacks and 31 tackles through 12 games. He'll be a nice fit in new coach Mike Pettine's defense. Bryant is solid versus the run and can push the pocket from multiple alignments.
Mar 7 - 3:30 PM

Browns DE Desmond Bryant (reserve/NFI list) underwent a cardiac ablation for an irregular heartbeat on Friday.

Bryant is out indefinitely. Per the Mayo Clinic's website, cardiac ablation "works by scarring or destroying tissue in your heart that triggers an abnormal heart rhythm." We're guessing Bryant won't play again this year. If not, he will finish 2013 with 31 tackles and 3.5 sacks. He's been an elite run defender.
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 01:25:00 PM

Browns placed DE Desmond Bryant (irregular heartbeat) on the reserve/non-football illness list.

Bryant has been battling heartbeat issues for the past couple seasons. In Week 5, he was forced from the game and taken to the hospital due to shortness of breath and an irregular heartbeat. Bryant didn't miss any game action, but he'll now be sidelined indefinitely. Bryant, who has 31 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 12 starts in his first season with the Browns, will undergo a "minor" procedure later this week and is fully expected to be able to resume his career.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 04:39:00 PM

Browns DE Desmond Bryant (heart condition) has been released from the hospital and is expected to play in Week 6 against the Lions.

Bryant left Thursday night's game due to an irregular heartbeat, but shouldn't miss any time going forward and is on track to return this week. "He’s fine, back to normal," coach Rob Chudzinski said. "We're taking precautions to make sure it doesn’t happen again."
Sat, Oct 5, 2013 06:17:00 PM

Browns DE Desmond Bryant was forced from Cleveland's Week 5 game against the Bills with shortness of breath, and will not return.

He was taken to the hospital for further evaluation. The move was deemed "precautionary." Bryant had a big Week 1, but has been mostly quiet since. However, he did get to E.J. Manuel for two quarterback hits this evening. More than likely, Bryant will be fine for Week 6.
Thu, Oct 3, 2013 11:03:00 PM

Browns DE Desmond Bryant had two sacks, four quarterback hits and one batted pass in Sunday's Week 1 loss to the Dolphins.

The Browns got a steal when they gave Bryant a five-year, $34 million contract in free agency. He helped them completely suffocate the running game on Sunday as Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas combined for 17 yards on 18 carries, and also had half of the team's four sacks. This Cleveland front seven is not going to be something for fantasy owners to mess with. Expect a pass-heavy attack from Joe Flacco and the Ravens in Week 2.
Tue, Sep 10, 2013 09:35:00 AM

The Raiders "badly" wanted to re-sign DL Desmond Bryant before he inked a five-year, $34 million deal with the Browns.

An on-the-rise defensive lineman who just turned 27, Bryant is the exact kind of player the rebuilding Raiders shouldn't have let get away, but they have just $75 million to spend for 2013 thanks to an incomprehensible $48 million in dead money. Bryant was scooped up on day one of free agency. He also drew interest from the 49ers. Bryant is going to be a difference maker in Cleveland.
Mon, Apr 8, 2013 09:21:00 AM

Browns signed DL Desmond Bryant, formerly of the Raiders, to a five-year, $34 million contract with $15 million guaranteed.

We love it. Bryant shows a relentless motor, can both rush the passer and stuff the run, possesses scheme versatility at 6-foot-6, 300 with athleticism, and played his college ball at Harvard. Cleveland's 3-4 front seven is coming together with Bryant and Ahtyba Rubin likely on the ends, Phil Taylor at nose tackle, and Paul Kruger and Jabaal Sheard as rush 'backers. The inside linebackers project to be D'Qwell Jackson and James-Michael Johnson. Looks good to us.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 08:59:00 PM

CSN Bay Area confirms the 49ers are interested in free agent DL Desmond Bryant, but have yet to schedule a visit.

Bryant will just have to jut across the bay once the sides schedule a visit. He'd be a readymade replacement for Ricky Jean-Francois, and probably an upgrade.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 07:48:00 PM

Yahoo's Jason Cole reports the Patriots, 49ers, Eagles, Seahawks, and Jaguars are all showing interest in free agent DL Desmond Bryant.

A favorite free-agent sleeper, 27-year-old Bryant has a scheme versatile body type at 6-foot-6, 300, and has stuck out to us when watching Raiders 2011 and 2012 game tape. Cole's report seems agent-driven considering all of the teams mentioned, but we wouldn't be surprised if he commanded lucrative money.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 05:32:00 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports free agent DT Desmond Bryant is on the Browns' "radar"

The recently-arrested defensive tackle would be an intriguing fit for new DC Ray Horton's aggressive 3-4 defense. An under-the-radar force in Oakland last season, Bryant is unlikely to be back with the cap-strapped Raiders.
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 01:30:00 PM

Free agent DT Desmond Bryant was arrested in Miami on Sunday morning on the charge of criminal mischief.

Original reports had Cowboys WR Dez Bryant as the one arrested, but he was grinding away in a Dallas 24-hour gym until 4 AM local time. Desmond's bond has been set at $1,000, so it's not a hefty charge by any means. The rest of the details are unknown at this time, but it shouldn't affect his free-agent stock much, if at all. The Harvard alum is expected to be a hot commodity, and he checks in as our No. 5 free-agent defensive tackle.
Sun, Feb 24, 2013 11:08:00 AM

Raiders DL Desmond Bryant (heart) was back at practice Wednesday.

Bryant was rushed to the hospital at halftime of last week's loss after experiencing an accelerated heartbeat. He spent the night in the hospital as a precaution, but everything checked out fine. Bryant has been cleared to play against the Ravens Sunday.
Thu, Nov 8, 2012 08:26:00 AM

Raiders DL Desmond Bryant was taken to the hospital during Sunday's Week 9 loss to the Bucs due to a fast heart rate.

The trip to the hospital was deemed precautionary. Coming into Sunday, Bryant had 10 tackles and no sacks as a rotational lineman.
Sun, Nov 4, 2012 08:18:00 PM

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