BEREA – Browns rookie wide receiver Braylon Edwards is back at practice and
there’s a possibility he could play in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions.
Romeo Crennel did not mention Edwards’ status on the injury report until the
end and said he thought there was someone he forgot to mention - rolling his
eyes and smiling - knowing he would be asked about Edwards’ status..
“Oh, yeah, about Braylon,” Crennel smiled. “I’m listing Braylon as doubtful,
we’ll see. I’m not ruling him out of this game.
“We’re not saying he’s going to play, but we’re not saying he’s not going to
Doubtful means there’s a 25 percent chance he will play. Edwards will
practice today in a limited role and see how he comes out.
Edwards has been out of action since Oct. 8 when he was hospitalized for an
infection in his right arm. He had surgery to clean it out the infection and has
missed the last two games. There were reports he could’ve been out as long as
“I’m feeling good,” Edwards said. “I’m happy to be back. So far, I’ve missed
two games and I’m anxious to get back out there.”
Prior to being side lined with the infection, Edwards had the longest average
in receptions with an 18.4 average per reception. He had nine receptions for 166
yards, including an 80-yard touchdown against the Packers.
Edwards feels he can play right now, but realizes the doctors are erring on
the side of caution.
“The bottom line is it wasn’t serious,” he said. ”The doctors thinking is to
take the safest way and be cautious with it. There’s a lot of football to be
“If I don’t play this week, there are still 10 more games left,” he said. “I
feel as though I can go right now, but it’s up to the doctors and how the
stitches hold up.”
Edwards said he had close to a nine-inch incision in his arm and close to 15
stitches to close up the wound. He said the doctors still do not know what the
infection was, but a staph infection was ruled out. He also said he hasn’t lost
weight, but actually gained a couple of pounds. He was in the hospital for four
“I had a couple of good home-cooked meals,” he said.
Crennel indicated he’s been able to go to meetings and do some things. He’s
been able to do some light lifting, as well.
Edwards scored a touchdown against the Lions in Detroit to help the Browns
win the preseason game between the two teams back in August.
Edwards would like to play Sunday, especially since he grew up in the Detroit
area and played for the University of Michigan.
“I’m from Detroit and have a lot of friends and family there, but if it
doesn’t happen this week, it doesn’t happen,” he said. “They want to do the
Status Quo: After saying on Monday that he would look at possibly making
some changes in the lineup on offense, Crennel said none would be made at this
“We’re not making any personnel changes at this time,” Crennel said.
Crennel said the only way to correct the problems is to work harder.
“I thought the offense was ahead of the defense,” Crennel said. “All we can
do is to improve through hard work in practice.”
QB Trent Dilfer said essentially the same thing.
“We just have to play better,” he said. “We have to execute better,
especially this week at home.”
Tucker Questionable: RT Ryan Tucker is listed as questionable with a
bone chip in his neck.
“Tucker had X-rays on his neck and it showed a tiny bone chip,” Crennel said.
“He’s a little uncomfortable, but should b O.K. by the end of the week.”
Other players on the injury report are: RB Lee Suggs (thumb) is out. LB Nick Speegle is day-to-day with an ankle injury and DL Orpheus Roye (knee).
Crennel said second-year tackle Kirk Chambers would play if Tucker is unable
to, even though Nat Dorsey is listed on the depth chart as Tucker’s backup.
“Chambers is the No. 2 tackle,” Crennel said.
Chambers played left tackle at Stanford and has played both sides for the
Browns, backing up L.J. Shelton and Tucker.
“Right now, Tucker is the guy,” Chambers said. “He’s a veteran the team is
Chambers, 26, said he would be ready to go, if needed.
“I prepare as if I’m going to play,” he said. “I don’t need a two day notice.
I’m prepared to go on a moment’s notice.”
Chambers (6-7, 314 pounds) was drafted by the Browns in the sixth-round of
the 2004 NFL draft. He played in six games as a rookie and has played in all
five games this season, mostly on special teams.
He played right tackle last year at Buffalo on Dec. 12 when he replaced
Joaquin Gonzales in the third quarter.
Misery Loves Company: Crennel was asked if he had talked to Notre Dame
head coach Charlie Weis after they lost to USC on the last play of the game last
“Charlie is no happier than I am,” Crennel said. “We both lost.”
Going with Cribbs: Crennel said the team hasn’t considered bringing
back Richard Alston to return kickoffs. Alston was released in the final cuts,
but was successful as a kick returner in 2004. Cribbs looked good in the
preseason, but has fumbled the ball twice on returns this season, with the
Browns recovering both times.
“We had Josh in there (until he injured his knee) and he’s been able to come
back,” Crennel said. “I don’t think we are going to make a change at kick
“He looked good early and now he’s coming back,” Crennel said. “If he
continues to drop the ball, that would be different. There was some contact on
those fumbles. It wasn’t minor contact it was major contact. When you get killed
and drop the ball, it is one thing.”
Cribbs has returned seven kickoffs for 136 yards for a 19.4 average,
including a long of 24 yards.