While you were busy fuming over the Browns loss Thursday night, you might have missed a little blurb in the Plain Dealer concerning center LeCharles Bentley.
He is mulling over another surgery on his injured knee that would keep him out through 2007.
Already, he has had the knee operated on twice: once to repair the ruptured patellar tendon, and once to have a staph infection removed. He reportedly has lost 10 pounds.
If Bentley misses two seasons, what are the odds he'll ever be able to return to the Pro Bowl form that made him the highest-rated free agent on last summer's market?
The Browns' best bet with Bentley is to take the route the Cavs took when Zydrunas Ilguaskas was going through his myriad of foot problems: plan for the future under the assumption that he won't be back.
This spring, the Browns need to find a long-term contingency plan at center. If Bentley does make a Z-type comeback at some point, great. But don't count on it.