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Browns' Bryant says he's cleared after heart scare

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- Browns defensive end Desmond Bryant says he's been medically cleared to play after a health scare.

Bryant underwent an operation in December to correct an irregular heartbeat. His season ended with four games left because of a rapid heartbeat, a condition he has known about for several years and had been treated for in the past.

On Friday, Bryant posted a message on his Twitter account, saying ''the doctor gave me full clearance and I am currently preparing for a very successful 2014 season!''

The 28-year-old signed a five-year, $34 million contract as a free agent last March with Cleveland. He finished with 3 1-2 sacks and 45 tackles in 12 games.

Bryant had been taking medication for the condition, which forced him to leave an Oct. 3 game against Buffalo. He experienced a rapid heart rate following a game against Jacksonville on Dec. 1 and doctors determined he needed a heart ablation.

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