Browns starting right end Desmond Bryant underwent a cardiac ablation to correct his irregular heartbeat at the Cleveland Clinic Friday and is expected to make a full recovery.

He's on injured reserve for the remainder of the season, but is expected to return in 2012.

An ablation typically involves inserting catheters through the groin to correct structural problems in the heart that can trigger the erratic beat.

"It is scary,'' said linebacker Quentin Groves, who had an ablation performed before attending the NFL Combine in 2008. "It's the same things I had done. It is scary to know that you can be fine one day and the next day you not be here with us, so I think it's the proper thing to get done. I think he made a wise choice to get it done.''

Groves said Bryant having to cut his season short is sad. Overall, he led the Browns with 32 quarterback "harassments,'' a combination of pressures and hits.

"Me and Des talk all the time,'' said Groves, who's on injured reserve after undergoing ankle surgery. "As a big free agent acquisition, you want to be out there to play and he was playing at a high level. At the same time, we believe our doctors know best. If it has to come down to his health in the long run, we'll take that all day.

Bryant was tied for second on the team with 3.5 sacks, but collected all in the first three games, before the heart issue resurfaced. Bryant also had an episode last year while with the Raiders.

"He's been great from day one,'' said D'Qwell Jackson. "I didn’t know too much about Des before we signed him, and just being around him, he’s a calm, collected, cool guy, but when he’s out there on Sunday he’s a powerful man. He’s able to play every block, he’s able to pass rush. It’s unfortunate that a heart issue came up. That’s first and foremost. I know he wants to be out there playing, but that’s something serious that a lot of us haven’t been around.

"You always have to be cautious when it comes to that. We’re going to miss him, we’re not going to be able to replace him. But we have guys like Ishmaa'ily Kitchen that are going to be playing for us and a lot of guys that have been in rotation will get a little more playing time.

Coach Rob Chudzinski said he'll roll Billy Winn, John Hughes, and Armonty Bryant into Bryant's spot.