From the Locker Room: Status Quo, Sort of...

Fred Greetham reports from Berea where two of the most questioned starting jobs stay the same, but one changes, a bit, in a way. Here's the latest news on Wednesday, straight from the players and coaches to you...

Again, Crennel is staying with QB Trent Dilfer to start this week's game against Tennessee.

"It's my decision and I think that gives us the best chance," Crennel said.

Crennel said he wouldn't be opposed to an in-game change, if necessary.

"It would have to be my gut feeling," he said. "If I got a bad feeling, I would make an in-game change. If you get into a game and want to make a change, you just have to instinctively do it.

The Browns are also staying with P Kyle Richardson for another week, at least.

"We didn't do anything with the punter situation," Crennel said. "We had a guy we were interested in but he went somewhere else."

Crennel asked if Richardson is on thin ice.

"I wouldn't say he's only one shank away, but I think he's on notice," Crennel said. "Generally, what's left out there is there for a reason."

Crennel was asked if Richardson being the holder for Phil Dawson was a reason to keep him.

"You have to take that into consideration," Crennel said. "It's good that Phil hasn't missed a field goal, but in the preseason you wanted to run Phil out."

Richardson said he understands the situation.

"It's concerning to me, I'm human," he said. "I respect that. I just want to get back out there and make it better."

Edwards Moved Up:
Crennel said although he's not the starter, WR Braylon Edwards has been moved up to rotating with WR Dennis Northcutt.

"He's not going to start, but we're mixing him into the rotation," Crennel said. "Dennis is an experienced receiver in this league. Dennis is not a throw away. Even though Braylon is coming on, he's still a work in progress. As a result of that, he's moving up."

Edwards took the promotion in stride.

"If the coach says it's time, it's time," he said. "If I get the opportunity, I want to make the most of it."

Dilfer is glad to have Edwards on the field more.

"I'm excited to have him on the field and his explosiveness," Dilfer said.

On Edwards' comments:
Crennel addressed the comments that were printed in the paper where Edwards talked about the possibility of switching from Dilfer to QB Charlie Frye.

"Everybody has their own opinions," Crennel said. "I don't tell the players not to talk because they're men and they can talk if they want. I told them to talk about their own position to the team. Not only Braylon, but all of the team.

"What impacts one player, impacts them all," Crennel said. "I don't disagree with what he said. I said it myself."

Edwards said his comments were taken out of context.

"It was taken out of context," Edwards said. "There was some miscommunication. It's not a big deal. I talked with Trent and it wasn't a big deal to him."

Dilfer agreed.

"There's no air to clear," Dilfer said. "I enjoy him and playing with him."

I have not decided to make a change and so we'll go into the game with Dilfer as the quarterback. Try to put our best foot forward and win a game. It wasn't good enough, but it was better.

On Releasing Miller:
"He did the job when (Aaron) Shea went down," Crennel said. "He had been inactive the last couple of weeks. We still have a roster spot and are looking at the possibilities on what we might do."

Injury Update:
Besides Suggs being out and Green doubtful, other injuries mentioned by Crennel as being questionable: S Chris Crocker (shoulder), OL Joe Andruzzi (knee), questionable had some swelling. Dt Alvin Mckinley (elbow), CB Ray Mickens (groin). Crennel said McKinley will wear a brace and Andruzzi still has swelling in the knee. He did say that Suggs is out but the pin has been removed from his thumb and he will probably start practicing next week.

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