Accident costs Benard season for Browns

Terry McCormick

Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Marcus Benard's season is over, thanks to the motorcycle wreck he was involved in on Monday afternoon.

The website of WOIO Channel 19 in Cleveland reports that Benard will be placed on injured reserve and that the Browns plan to promote defensive end Auston English from their practice squad.

If the police report of the accident is accurate, then Benard should be thankful to even be alive, never mind playing football again this season. Benard suffered a broken hand in the accident, according to initial reports.

Police indicated that "Benard was driving his three-wheel motorcycle when he lost control and crashed into a wall. The NFL'er flew 241 feet off the motorcycle. The motorcycle continued another 687 feet down the road after the accident."

Benard has other issues as well, as he was operating on a suspended license and also faces a charge of reckless operation. There are indications that Benard was attempting to race an SUV on Interstate 71.

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com