Browns defensive end Desmond Bryant underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn pectoral muscle that was sustained during a workout last week.
A full recovery is expected but he will miss a significant amount of time and will unlikely be able to return during the 2016 season.
Statement from Cleveland Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson:
"We feel awful for Des. 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. Ray (Horton) and the defensive staff were expecting a really productive season from him. We all understand that injuries are part of this profession and as a team you have to find a way to overcome them. There is no doubt that we will miss Des this season and we all wish him a speedy recovery."
Statement from Cleveland Browns DE Desmond Bryant
"First off, thank you to all the fans, friends, and family who have reached out expressing their well wishes in response to the news of my injury.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."
Bryant, who enters his fourth season with the Browns and eighth season in the league, totaled six sacks and 33 tackles last season.
Bryant was poised for another strong season under Jackson, whom he played for in Oakland in 2011.