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Marcus Benard out for the year following motorcycle accident

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New details on injured Browns player Marcus Benard.

19 Action News has learned the defensive end is out for the year following a bad motorcycle accident on Monday afternoon. 

Benard will be put on an injured list. The Browns have called up Auston English, a defensive end from the practice squad to take his place.

Benard has been at the Cleveland Clinic with a broken hand since the crash on I-71 near West 65th in Brooklyn.

Police say Benard was driving his three-wheel motorcycle when he lost control and crashed into a wall. The NFL'er flew 241 feet off the motorcycle. The motorcycle continued another 687 feet down the road after the accident.

He faces charges of reckless operation and driving under suspension.

Benard had his license suspended for failing to have insurance. He also has a handful of other traffic convictions, including speeding.

Check out Benard's complete driving record HERE

Browns Coach Pat Shurmur says he has asked players at the beginning of the season not to ride motorcycles or participate in other "risky behavior."

A witness who was driving 60mph says Benard "flew" past him, but the police report does not say exactly how fast he was going.

The report makes no mention of another vehicle, even though multiple sources tell 19 Action News that investigators had heard that Benard had been racing a Range Rover.

The 26-year-old was signed by the Browns in 2009. He played college football for Jackson State.

Last November, Benard collapsed in the Browns locker room during a press conference.

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