Via the Cleveland Plain Dealer, we’re graced with what will likely be the best news Browns fans have heard in quite some time: Center LeCharles Bentley has been cleared by the Browns medical staff to practice in minicamp.
“It’s been a long road back for LeCharles,” said [GM Phil] Savage. “We have to give him a lot of credit for the amount of work and effort he’s put into this. To what extent he practices, I couldn’t tell you that right now. We’re going to try monitor the rehab and help him through it.”
This is simply huge news for a guy that many fans had written off after the injury-turned-staph infection in 2006. Few outside of Cleveland will understand the story behind Bentley, a guy who went to high school in Cleveland, played for The Ohio State football program, and now has the chance to (finally) produce for the Browns.
We’ve waited two long years for this news, and while there is no telling what sort of production (if any) we’ll see out of the lineman this year. Don’t forget, it wasn’t all too long ago when there were whispers of Bentley possibly needing a partial amputation. But nevertheless, today is a good day to be a Browns fan.
(Thanks to Spencer for the tip)
(Update 6/11/08: Obviously, we set ourselves up for this one.)
LeCharles Bentley cleared to practice with Cleveland Browns [Plain Dealer]