The OBR's Fred Greetham reported last Wednesday that Browns RG Ryan Tucker walked off the field with a hip injury during the team's OTA practices.
While sources within the organization told us in subsequent days that there was little to be concerned about, the Browns RG had surgery on Friday to repair the hip.
The team today released a statement saying that Tucker "underwent successful surgery on Friday to repair a non displaced fracture in his hip". The press release goes on to say that Tucker "is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season".
Despite being suspended for the first four games of the 2007 season due to a violation of the league's ban on performance-enhancing drugs, Tucker filled in admirably for RG Seth McKinney after the latter was placed on the injured reserve list during the season.
Tucker was assumed to be the tentative starter heading into the off-season. Missed time due to injury during training camp and the pre-season may open the door for both McKinney and free agent acquisition Rex Hadnot.
Fans on the OBR's Watercooler forum were already aware of the surgery earlier today, as word leaked from the Cleveland Clinic that Tucker had gone under the knife.