Browns' Bryant motivated by season spent on sideline

Browns' Bryant motivated by season spent on sideline

By TOM WITHERS
AP Sports Writer

BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Browns defensive end Desmond Bryant is savoring every snap.

After sitting out all last season with a serious chest injury, Bryant isn't taking a single moment on the field for granted. The 32-year-old Bryant tore his pectoral muscle while working out last summer and needed surgery.

He spent the entire year watching from the sideline as his teammates struggled to a 1-15 record. He says time away from the game has given him a greater appreciation.

"Not playing. It is just something I have done for so long. It has been such a huge part of my life for forever it seems like. Not being able to be out there was brutal," Bryant said.

He feels renewed and excited about playing under new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, whose aggressive style seems to suit Bryant.

Bryant recorded a team-high six sacks in 2015. He believes he can increase that number, especially playing on the same line as top overall pick Myles Garrett, a rookie he says is "a very gifted player."

This isn't the first comeback for Bryant, who had surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat in 2013.

"My injury is behind me now. Mentally, getting prepared for these games is just getting myself ready to go. We have a little over a month now until we play the Steelers. It takes a lot to be ready for that. That is why we have training camp, and we are out here every day trying to get better mentally and physically," Bryant added.

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