Cleveland Browns WR Vince Mayle to have surgery on his thumb


Dec 21, 2013; Albuquerque, NM, USA; Washington State Cougars wide receiver Vince Mayle (1) against the Colorado State Rams during the Gildan New Mexico Bowl at University Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Vince Mayle will have surgery on his broken thumb, the Cleveland Browns announced on Saturday.

Mayle, the club’s fourth-round draft selection out of Washington State, originally injured his thumb during practice for the Senior Bowl in January. He reportedly did not learn just how bad the injury was until the NFL Combine, when the extent of the injury was revealed during a standard X-ray procedure.

The 6-foot-4, 224-pound Mayle has been participating in the team’s rookie mini-camp this weekend, during everything except catch passes, according to the team.

“We were going to just let him come out here and see how it was, and if he experienced any discomfort, then we would just go ahead and let him get through the camp, not throw to him. Then, let him go ahead and get it fixed right after,” head coach Mike Pettine told the team’s website. “We expect him back full for training camp.

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“It should not be an issue in the fall. We wanted him to come out, just see how it was, test it. Found out real quick yesterday that there’s still some lingering pain there. So, we’re going to go ahead and get it corrected.”

Mayle has a real opportunity to help the Browns receiving group this fall if healthy and if he can prove he is more than just a product of Washington State’s pass-first offense.

Last season with the Cougars, Mayle was named second-team All-Pac-12 and was a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist, an award for the nation’s top wide receiver. He had a school-record 106 receptions and 1,483 receiving yards, including a pair of games with more than 250 receiving yards.

Being healthy for training camp will be important for Mayle, as he has been described as a player who still needs to work on the basic fundamentals of the position, but with the right coaching and experience can potentially be better at the NFL level than he was in college.

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