A torn Achilles during the opening week of training camp robbed Grant Delpit of his rookie season and the Browns of their promising second-round pick.

Rather than contribute to what eventually became the franchise's best season in years, the LSU product was forced to sit on the sidelines and set his sights on the challenging road to recovery ahead.

It's been nearly eight months since he has participated in team activities, and over a year since he played in an organized game. But Delpit is eager to tackle the added expectations that await him upon his return.

"It's been a long time coming," he said, via the team's official website. "but hopefully I can give the fans what they want, give myself what I want and what my family wants."