"(Barnidge) had the best doctor and he will be back and ready to go at training camp,'' head coach Hue Jackson said at the team's golf outing last month after announcing that his tight end underwent sports hernia surgery. "I'm glad that we're dealing with this now, so that we can get it behind us and get him back to where he needs to be. And me knowing him, he'll be champing at the bit way before time, but we'll slow him down and make sure he's ready to go.''
Barnidge said that he hoped to be ready by the start of camp.
Barnidge had the rare age-30 breakout season, posting 79 catches for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns on 125 targets. There are a lot of changes in Cleveland this year with a new head coach/offense and a new quarterback (Robert Griffin III), and given Barnidge's short fantasy resume, he's not a safe pick. But Tyler Eifert played well under Hue Jackson last year, so it's likely that Barnidge will be an integral part of the passing attack, especially considering the sorry state of the Cleveland receiving corps.