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Browns DT Danny Shelton has minor wrist surgery

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Lost in the Browns' miserable 2016 season was the fact that former first-round pick Danny Shelton played quite well.

And this offseason, he went under the knife to repair a nagging wrist injury that he felt was holding him back.

According to the Akron Beacon Journal, Shelton's agent said the procedure was just a "small cleanup."

The ascension of Shelton, combined with the 8.5 sacks posted by rookies Carl Nassib and Emmanuel Ogbah and the prospect of adding an additional pass rusher with the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft can at least leave some breadcrumbs of hope for Cleveland fans this offseason. New defensive coordinator Gregg Williams wasn't going to replace Ray Horton without a specific vision for their unit, which will likely involve a switch in name back to the 4-3 front.

Of course, with most teams playing a majority of their snaps in the Nickel, that will involve rethinking the way the Browns can deploy their 2015 first-round pick. Shelton was most frequently used in the base 3-4 front last year, with a little more than 200 snaps in a standard three-lineman, three-linebacker, five-defensive back Nickel front.

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