OBR Daily News and World Report: 8/30

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Following his return to action last Saturday, there was some concern as to how Braylon Edwards' knee would react in the days following the game.

So far, so good.

"He wasn't complaining about any soreness. He says he feels pretty good," Crennel said.

There was some swelling in the days after the game, a source told The OBR, but it is "nothing out of the ordinary (considering the type of surgery he's coming back from) and it's absolutely nothing to be concerned about.  I think (the medical) staff was more impressed with how he was after the game in the training room than they were during the game on the field."


There is a slight chance that offensive tackle Ryan Tucker—out since undergoing knee surgery early on in training camp—will play in tomorrow's pre-season finale.

The veteran lineman would like to play in order to get his timing down, but head coach Romeo Crennel seems to be leery of the idea.

"We will have to look at that because he hasn't had any playing time for a while," Crennel said.  "He wants to get some time. I don't know how much time I'll give him, if any."

The coach said that playing Tucker would be a game-time decision.


The Browns, still not completely comfortable with the duo of Ken Dorsey and Derek Anderson backing up starter Charlie Frye, will take a look at free-agent QB A.J. Feeley.

"I think we will take a look at him," Crennel told reporters. "I'm not going to say if we have interest or not."

Feeley was released Monday by the Chargers, and earlier this week Crennel refused to rule out bringing in another veteran QB to challenge the two already on the roster.


Cornerbacks Daylon McCutcheon and Gary Baxter have been officially ruled out of tomorrow's pre-season finale against the Bears.

(The Cleveland Fire Department has been apprised of the situation and, as a precaution, will have extra firefighters and an additional pump truck on the stadium grounds.)

McCutcheon has yet to play in the pre-season after undergoing knee surgery earlier in camp, while Baxter was suffered a slight tear in his pectoral muscle during the first series of the pre-season opener and has not seen game action since.

Ralph Brown is expected to get the starting nod in place of Baxter once again.


For the pre-season finale, NFL coaches have historically played their starters in just one or two series for fear of a rash of injuries hitting so close to the season opener.

Coach Crennel, however, refuses to say whether or not he will follow that tradition.

"I'm telling them all to be ready to go the whole game," Crennel said. "It will be my coaching judgment how long anybody plays or who plays."


Of the ten players released by the Browns on Monday, only two had waiver claims put on them.

Kicker Jeff Chandler, who kicked the game-winning field goal with no time left in Saturday's win over the Lions, was claimed by two teams.

2005 training camp sensation Brandon Rideau was claimed by one team.

The names of the teams making the claims are not known at this time.


Another casualty of the first round of cuts, quarterback Lang Campbell, did not take kindly to his release, telling the Winchester Star that he didn't feel that he received a fair shot at winning a spot on the roster.

"I'm frustrated by the lack of opportunities. I'm frustrated I didn't get the reps in practice or in games," Campbell said.

"When I did get to play, I was happy with the way I played. I had a couple of bad throws, but that happens with every player. I'm just frustrated at not being able to get more of an opportunity."

Campbell also told the paper that he has yet to be contacted by an NFL team since his release.


QUOTE OF THE DAY: "To make the progress he has made, my hat goes off. You can tell he's a good kid"—22-year-old D'Qwell Jackson, speaking of 22-year-old Kamerion Wimbley moving from college defensive end to NFL outside linebacker.

QUOTE OF THE DAY, THE SEQUEL: "If he went out and bombed, then you guys would be saying, ‘What's wrong with Charlie? Why did he play so bad?'"—head coach Romeo Crennel, on why Charlie Frye's expected short stint tomorrow is important.

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