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Scare led DL to healthier lifestyle

BEREA, Ohio — Desmond Bryant knew he had to make some major changes to his lifestyle. He had no choice or there could be devastating consequences.

"A heart surgery will make you kind of realize you need to start doing things right, especially diet wise," Bryant said. "I've really cleaned things up a little bit. So far, so good."

Bryant's comeback from a major health scare continued Wednesday when the Browns defensive lineman practiced for the first time since having a procedure in December to fix an irregular heartbeat — a condition he has had for years — that cut short his first season with Cleveland.

On Dec. 6, Bryant had a cardiac ablation, an operation that involves a catheter being inserted to destroy a small area of bad heart tissue. The 6-foot-6, 310-pounder had at least two episodes last season when his heart raced out of control, once during an Oct. 3 game against Buffalo.

Bryant, 29, was hospitalized overnight then had a recurrence two months later after a home loss to the Jaguars. It was then that Bryant, who was forced to leave a 2012 game for the Raiders with a fast heart rate and light-headedness, was advised to have the ablation.

"I felt like after I experienced what I did on the field that it was finally time to do something to fix that," Bryant said. "So while it was a trying time, I was also excited to get this procedure done and put this behind me. Since then, I've been training and feeling real well.

"I'm back. I'm healthy."

BILLS' FUTURE: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration retained a key sports business legal expert to assist in the state's bid to prevent the Bills from relocating. Irwin Raij, who played a key role in negotiating Buffalo's 10-year lease, is staying on to represent the state's interests in securing the franchise's long-term future after the death of owner Ralph Wilson.

OBITUARY: Former 49ers defensive end Dan Colchico died Sunday at age 76. Mr. Colchico debuted in 1960 and played in 67 games with 64 starts during six seasons with San Francisco. He also played in nine games for the Saints in 1969.

PACKERS: Steve Marshall will be named offensive line coach, replacing Joel Hilgenberg, reported. Marshall, 57, was offensive line coach at New Mexico State last season.

SEAHAWKS: Receiver Sidney Rice should be fully recovered from a torn knee ligament by the time the team starts its defense of its Super Bowl title, general manager John Schneider said.

Scare led DL to healthier lifestyle 04/30/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 10:50pm]
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