Shurmur said he wasn't aware Benard was in the habit of driving a motorcycle, which the player smashed into a guardrail after Monday's practice. Making things worse for Benard, the cops slapped him with two traffic violations.
"I'm thankful (Benard's) OK," Shurmur said, adding that he's talked with the team about the importance of avoiding risky activities during the season. Fans in Cleveland, of course, lived through Kellen Winslow being tossed off a motorcycle in 2005, which knocked him out for the entire year. In this case, we're just glad Benard's alive, and wish him well.