Tucker to Have Surgery
Ryan Tucker during the Browns 2005 training camp (OBR / Trombetti)

Posted Jul 30, 2006

The Browns starting right tackle, Ryan Tucker, left practice on Friday when he felt something in his knee. That feeling will lead to surgery, but Tucker hopes to be back very quickly.


It looks like surgery for Browns starting right tackle Ryan Tucker

Tucker has not practiced since walking off the field Friday with pain in his left knee. He plans to talk to doctors and trainers Monday about having arthroscopic surgery Tuesday on the cartilage in his sore knee. He said there is a chance he won't have the surgery.

"I'll be ready for the season, regardless," he said. "Anything we have to do would be minor adjustments - cleaning out some fragments and smoothing some edges. If it feels better (today), we won't do it.

"More than likely we'll do something Tuesday and go from there. There's really nothing to hide now. It's still camp. My goal is being there for the first game of the season."

Tucker is confident he can bounce back from surgery and be ready to go in just two weeks. He would probably miss one or two preseason games.

"There's nothing worse than trying to play with nagging injuries," he said. "We're all going to have them, but some are worse than others. It makes it a lot easier when you have nice knees to play on."

Kirk Chambers is filling in for Tucker. He is clearly not the same player the 10-year veteran Tucker is.

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