Cleveland Browns tackle out for season with mental disorder

December 2nd, 2006  
Team Infidel

Topic: Cleveland Browns tackle out for season with mental disorder


Associated Press

CLEVELAND - Cleveland Browns starting right tackle Ryan Tucker is battling an undisclosed mental disorder and hopes to return to football next season, the team said Friday.
The loss of Tucker is the latest setback for the banged-up Browns, whose shaky offensive line already is missing Pro-Bowl center LeCharles Bentley, who has missed the season with a knee injury suffered on the first day of training camp.
Tucker, one of the Browns' captains, has been a steady leader for a rebuilding team that has suffered its share of heartache. He was the most productive offensive lineman for the past four seasons, making 63 starts with Cleveland.
The Browns refused to disclose more details about Tucker's illness, saying only that it was not related to football and a common disorder. The 10-year veteran wants to return to football next season, the team said in a statement.
"It is a treatable disorder. Ryan has been battling this condition since before the season began, and has been actively receiving treatment. At this time, it is in his best interest to focus entirely on his medical treatment and concentrate on his recovery," team physician Anthony Miniaci said in a statement.
Tucker, 31, was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list on Wednesday. He missed two games earlier in the season but returned and made two starts. He played the first half of last week's game against Cincinnati before sitting out after halftime with the same problem.
On Thursday, Browns general manager Phil Savage supported Tucker.
"Our concern is for him to get better and get his life back. He's really a good person and it's been a struggle. He's going to get through it," Savage said.
Miniaci said the team is optimistic Tucker will make a full recovery and play next season.
"Ryan has shown a significant amount of courage while battling this disorder," the doctor said.

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