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Marcus Benard's Season is Over, DE Auston English Called Up

After being involved in a motorcycle accident a couple of days ago in which he reportedly suffered a broken hand, defensive end Marcus Benard has now been placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list, which means he is done for the season. It's hard to imagine his hand injury would have kept him out forever, but the combination of factors involved (suspended license, not seeing the playing field often, undergoing a position change) probably made it an easier decision to put him on there.

"I have addressed the team on numerous occasions," said Browns head coach Pat Shurmur. "We want and I want our players to avoid any and all risky behavior. I think it's obvious what some of that may be. It's been addressed. Obviously, when something happens you try to reinforce that shouldn't be something that the players are involved with."

Shurmur also added that he hopes Benard will be healthy and ready to go for next season.

Benard was the team's leading pass rusher last season as a linebacker. As a defensive end this year, he has not seen much action behind Jayme Mitchell and Jabaal Sheard. Taking Benard's spot on the 53-man roster is rookie defensive end Auston English, who many of you will remember from training camp and the preseason. English had been on Cleveland's practice squad, so taking English's place is rookie defensive end Kiante Tripp.

Hat tip to woodsmeister for posting this as a FanShot.