The long road back for Browns center LeCharles Bentley has finally come to and end, as today the former Pro Bowl center took the field for the first time in over two years with his teammates in Berea during a minicamp. The center passed a physical that the team gave him, which included a running test which all players had to pass before taking the field.
It was throuht in many circles that Bentley’s career was over, this after tearing his knoee during the first day of training camp back in 2006. The cruel thing about that practice was it was Bentley’s first as a member of the Browns, as he had joined them with a mega deal worth six-years at $36 million. The injury tore his patellar tendon, and then later on he developed a staph infection and it was thought he may never play again.
Instead, he now can re-start his NFL career, and it looks as if he really can become a productive member of his hometown team. “He’s made a lot of progress,” Browns general manager Phil Savage said. “He wants to give it a go. We’re willing to do that and we want to do that for him.” The 28-year-old is working with a one-year deal, and if he can give it a go, will hopefully be able to pay back the Browns for giving him a chance.