BEREA – The news couldn't have been much worse on the injury to Braylon Edwards.
Romeo Crennel announced that Edwards suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) to the right knee and he will undergo surgery when the swelling goes down. He will be lost for the season and possibly even some of the 2006 season.
Typically, a torn ACL takes about nine months for a full recovery. However, Edwards was in good spirits considering the situation and vowed to come back stronger than ever.
"The (doctors) said the most is nine months," Edwards said. "Some people come back faster, but nine months is usually the most.
"All I know how to do is to push the envelope," he said. "I expect to come back stronger and be on the field on opening day (in 2006)."
Edwards finishes his rookie season with 32 receptions for 512 yards (16.0 avg.), including three touchdowns. He caught five passes for 86 yards Sunday, including two touchdowns.
"We anticipate he will come back next year with us and continue to make the plays," Crennel said. "The way he was beginning to play and come on. We'll miss his play making."
The Browns have not had much success with keeping their No. 1 draft choices on the active roster the whole season. Only Gerard Warren (2001) was not on the injured reserve during his tenure with the Browns. Six of the seven Browns' first-round draft choices have spent time on the injured reserve: Tim Couch (1999), Courtney Brown (2000), William Green (2002), Jeff Faine (2003), Kellen Winslow (2004) and Edwards (2005).
"I don't think it's a curse," Faine said. "It's just a tough game and injuries happen."
"I can't explain it," he said. "In Braylon's case, he was trying to make a big play for the team and came down wrong. I don't think it's a hex or a curse, it's just part of football."
Edwards feels as though he let the fans down by getting hurt.
"I can't control getting hurt," he said. "I wish it didn't happen, but I'm going to do everything I can to be the guy the Browns drafted."
Charlie Frye said he will miss Edwards.
"He goes out and make plays," Frye said. "The next guy just has to come in and step up."
No Decision on Charlie: Despite turning in a QB rating of 136.7 Crennel said he will not announce who will start against Cincinnati until the game.
I'm making a game time decision," Crennel said. "Whether it's to keep you guys guessing or to keep Cincinnati guessing, that remains to be seen, but it will be a game time decision."
Crennel said Frye had a good first half.
"He looked as though he had some good composure," Frye said. "He handled that good. He made some plays with his feet. In the second half, when the team as a whole wasn't as good, he wasn't as good.
Crennel said some of the five sacks were a result of Frye holding on to the ball too long.
"We might've been better if he wouldn't have taken those sacks," Crennel said. "Even though we're disappointed there are some good things that came out of it.
"I've got to get the ball out quicker," he said. "I will work and improve on that and go over my mistakes and try to correct them."
Edwards was very positive about Frye's debut.
"Charlie came in and made some things happen," Edwards said. "He was able to give you a glimpse of the future."
Injury Update: Other than Edwards, LB Andra Davis had what was termed a "mild concussion" during the game but returned and led the team in tackles with 11. Crennel said he thinks Davis will be alright but wouldn't know until later today. Crennel said there were no other injuries in the game.