Zastudil down, but not out

Zastudil down, but not out

Browns punter Dave Zastudil was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday. In the afternoon, he spoke with reporters via a conference call on his status, his future and his love for all things Cleveland Browns.

BEREA, Ohio—A disappointed Dave Zastudil spoke with the local media via conference call after it was announced he was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

"First of all, it's very disappointing you never want to go on IR," he said. "The process I went through I've been battling the tendon for some time. There's a range of time the doctor's give you and the trainers give you a period of time, but the healing process just isn't finished yet.

"I did everything in my power to get ready for the season but the organization had to make a decision," he said. "I know I still have some things to do to get ready."

Zastudil said he doesn't anticipate more surgery, just more healing time.

"I entered training camp still progressing in my rehab," he said. "In my head I had a plan, but the patellar tendon in my knee flared up pretty good and that's why I went to Colorado to see the doctor."

Zastudil doesn't regret trying to resume practice at the start of training camp.

"At the time it seemed like everything was progressing and sometimes, you have setbacks and you have to go with it.

"I went out to see the doctor and he said it doesn't need surgery," he said. "But, until it is healthy it will keep flaring up."

Zastudil hopes to be able to play for the Browns again in 2011.

"My number one goal is to get healthy," he said. "The number two goal is to get back on the field. I love Cleveland and the Browns and I'll always be a Cleveland Brown.

"I don't know how long that will take to be healthy, but when I get healthy, I want to get back on the field."

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