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Former Classic champ Brauer down, not out

Updated: December 29, 2006, 5:20 AM ET
By Lynn Burkhead | ESPN Outdoors associate editor

If it seems like the name Denny Brauer has been missing from the winner's circle in recent professional bass fishing events, it has been.

But don't be surprised if the 1998 BASS Masters Classic champ is back on tournament leaderboards soon. Brauer is recovering from back surgery earlier this month aimed at correcting a painful Sciatic nerve problem caused by a bone spur and a calcium deposit that had combined to virtually pinch the nerve off.

"The surgeon found the problem and corrected ...

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