Defensive end Desmond Bryant was back to work at Browns minicamp on Wednesday after being excused the first day for reasons not associated with his heart condition. Bryant had two episodes of irregular, fast heart beat during games last year. After the second one, which was much milder than the first, he shut it down in December and had a cardiac ablation to correct the problem, which first surfaced a year earlier when he played for Oakland. Bryant was not cleared to return to his normal offseason conditioning regime until March, he said, but everything is fine now. “While it was kind of a trying time, I was also excited to get this procedure done and put that behind me,” Bryant said. “Since then, the training, I’ve been feeling really well, I’m back, I’m healthy, today got back on the field a little bit, and can’t wait to keep going.” Bryant’s first episode occurred during the Buffalo game on Oct. 3. (That’s the game Brian Hoyer tore his ACL, which made the Bills’ game the most impactful of any on the 2013 season). Bryant said it was scary to feel an irregular heart beat and then be transferred via ambulance to the hospital by halftime. Bryant returned to play the next game and suffered another episode seven weeks later against Jacksonville. But he said it was mild and the episode really wasn’t determined until the next day. Bryant said he didn’t think his play was affected by the first episode. But, statistically, he had his lowest tackle totals over the next seven games, and no sacks.
DE Desmond Bryant back at practice after offseason heart surgery
ESPN 850 Cleveland | Apr 30