Friday Practice Report: Bryant Stays In

Here is our report from Friday's practice session in Berea. While Romeo Crennel was missing, Antonio Bryant will stay right where he is - the starting line-up - come Sunday afternoon. Here's the latest...

Antonio Bryant remains the starter ahead of rookie Braylon Edwards, even though Edwards is more consistent.

Edwards was the Browns' leading receiver last week. He snared three passes for 30 yards. His longest pass play was a 14-yard reception on the Browns' first possession. It was his first game after missing two recovering from an arm infection.

"I think you could see Braylon's role beginning to expand right before he got hurt," Crennel said. "I think Braylon makes plays and has made some good catches. He's excited about playing and there are a lot of positives about him. We'll continue to expand that role."

Edwards has 12 catches for 196 yards.

A dropped pass by Bryant last week cost the Browns a chance to tie the Lions. Bryant did not make excuses.

"I have no problem taking blame when things go wrong," Bryant said Friday. "I hope someone gives me credit when things go well."

Bryant has dropped five passes through six games. So have the Bengals' Chad Johnson and the Jets' Justin McCareins. Bryant has 26 catches, Johnson 43 and McCareins 19.

Browns made mistake: The Browns were in violation of league policy when they failed to notify the league of Edwards' injury status until the morning of their game against the Bears Oct. 9, NFL spokesman Steve Alic said Friday

Edwards was not on the injury report until he was listed as 'out' on game day. He had surgery the day before to remove an infection in his arm and the Browns did not report it.

Alic would not say whether the Browns were fined.

Suggs improving:  Lee Suggs can wiggle his right thumb. That's progress for the hard-luck running back. Suggs' thumb was fractured making a tackle against the Bears while on special teams. He missed the next two games. Doctors on Wednesday removed a pin they inserted Oct. 12 to promote healing. He is expected to miss two more games and maybe more.

Browns thinking Johnson:  The Browns are healthy except for Suggs. The Texans' best receiver, Andre Johnson, is listed as questionable with a knee injury. He ran in practice Friday. Texans coach Dom Capers isn't saying if Johnson will play. He will be cornerback Leigh Bodden's assignment if he does.

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