Cleveland Browns GM Tom Heckert will not be attending the NFL Combine due to an illness that is preventing him from travelling. Heckert is recovering from surgery, according to WTAM-AM 1100 in Cleveland.
Via Mary Kay Cabot, The Plain Dealer's Browns beat reporter:
#Browns GM Tom Heckert had serious surgery, according to WTAM. Expected to make full recovery. Browns not commenting.— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) February 24, 2012
Browns on Heckert: "Tom's pesonal medical issues arehis private affair and not for the club to comment on... He's doing fine.''— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) February 24, 2012
The Browns own the No. 4 and No. 22 overall picks in the upcoming draft, but are rumored to be looking to trade up to the No. 2 pick in order to select Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III.
In spite of his illness, Heckert will take part in the process from the Browns office, where he will reportedly participate in player interviews via Skype.