Browns DE Bryant has corrective heart procedure

TOM WITHERS (AP Sports Writer)
The Associated Press
FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2013, file photo, Cleveland Browns defensive end Desmond Bryant looks on during an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Bryant's season has ended because of an irregular heartbeat that will require surgery. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

Browns DE Bryant has corrective heart procedure

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2013, file photo, Cleveland Browns defensive end Desmond Bryant looks on during an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Bryant's season has ended because of an irregular heartbeat that will require surgery. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns defensive end Desmond Bryant has undergone a successful procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat.

Bryant's season ended with four games left because of a rapid heartbeat, a condition he has known about for several years and been treated for in the past. A Browns spokesman said Bryant had a cardiac ablation on Friday at the Cleveland Clinic. Bryant is expected to make a full recovery and resume his NFL career.

Bryant was one of Cleveland's biggest offseason acquisitions, signing a five-year, $34 million contract in March.

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 symptoms on Monday and the Browns announced on Wednesday that his season was over.

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