Bentley to Attempt to Return in 2007

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According to Sunday’s Plain Dealer, Browns center LeCharles Bentley will attempt to return to the field in 2007. Bentley, a Cleveland native who signed a lucrative free agent contract with the Browns prior to the 2006 season, has yet to play a snap for the Browns. On the first day of contact drills last July Bentley tore his left patella tendon, an injury that cost him the entire 2006 season and has threatened his career.

In an interview with The Plain Dealer’s Mary Cay Cabot, Bentley revealed that in the past eleven months he has undergone four surgeries on his left knee, not two as initially reported. While the first surgery was performed to repair the damaged patella tendon, the next three were done in order to clean out a life-threatening staph infection that developed in the knee.

It has been widely believed that Bentley would undergo yet another surgery on the troublesome left knee this summer, an operation initially believed to be the third that would in fact be his fifth. However, after months of rehabilitation between Columbus and Phoenix, Bentley is convinced he can play this season without another surgery and vows to return to the field to don the colors of his hometown team.

“I want to fulfill my promise to Browns fans to come back and help this team win,” Bentley told The Plain Dealer. “I don’t want to let anybody down.”

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