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What does a quarterback do when he gets the snot knocked out of him? He gets back up. And he doesn't blame his linemen. And he doesn't cry. That's an important one, not crying. Because, as we all know, there's no crying in football. Unless you're Dick Vermeil. Or a QB from the University of Kentucky.

There have been many opinions given on the reasons behind Charlie Frye taking a pounding in two of the first three games of the season.

Some have blamed the offensive line, while others point to Frye's youth and inexperience as Issue Number One.

So, just how does the man on the receiving end of the beatings view the situation?

"I'd say it was a mix of both," Frye said. "You wouldn't want to put it on the offensive line or put it on me. It's a team game."

One would think that a team sitting at 0-3 and a full three games behind the division-leading Cincinnati Bengals would be in full-fledged desperation mode,

If one were to think that way, one would be wrong. At least, that's the way Braylon Edwards feels about his club's slow start.

"Desperation is a strong word. Desperate isn't what I want to use," the wide receiver said.

"We just need to get a win. Let's see. We've got 13 games left. Now would be a nice time to get in the win column and possibly win 13 in a row. The main thing is building on what we already started, try to come out against Oakland and execute more, more, more."

Gary Baxter's status for the Raider game remains up in the air as the cornerback told reporters that "it's 50-50" whether or not he'll play Sunday.

"I'm rehabbing, trying to get better. I'll go out today and see what I can get," the veteran said.

A broken finger has Cosey Coleman listed on the first injury report of the week, but the guard's playing status for Sunday should not be affected. According to various reports, Coleman lined up with the first-team offense during the portion of practice open to the media.

Ohio State wide receiver Brian Robiskie is slowly becoming a key component to the Buckeyes' push for a national championship. As the son of current Browns WR coach Terry Robiskie, the younger Robiskie has met his share of NFL players who have had varying degrees of impact on his football career.

However, the one player that has had the greatest impact on Robiskie may come as a surprise. It's not Jerry Rice or Marcus Allen, who have both had an influence on Robiskie through their friendship with his father.

No, the person who had the biggest impact on the OSU receiver is none other than former Browns WR Kevin Johnson.

"My dad was always telling me (Johnson) has got great hands," Robiskie told the Lake County News-Herald.

"He's a guy that might not have been the fastest guy, but that doesn't really matter because there are other ways to get open. There's always things you can do to get yourself open and keep working for the quarterback."

As reported in this space almost a month and a half ago, the Patriots have an interest in veteran quarterback Vinny Testaverde. The club had Testaverde in for a workout on Tuesday, although his signing is not thought to be imminent.

Testaverde, of course, has been linked to the Browns ever since being mentioned by head coach Romeo Crennel as a possibility to replace Trent Dilfer as the veteran backup behind Frye.

Testaverde continues to remain the Browns numero uno option should Frye succumb to his beatings, sources have told The OBR. In addition to their interest in Testaverde, the Browns have entertained four QBs since the end of the pre-season: Mike McMahon, Todd Bouman, Dave Ragone and Shaun King.

Romeo Crennel told reporters that he has not recently been in contact with Testaverde.

FAST FACT: Oakland has been outscored 55-6 in their first two games of the season. That total does not include somehow being beaten 10-0 during their bye last Sunday.

FAST FACT II: The 12 sacks given up by the Browns are tied for third-most in the NFL. And who's given up the most sacks thus far? This Sunday's opponent, who have allowed 15.

FAST FACT III: Braylon Edwards ranks third in the NFL in yards per catch at 22.6. The leader is former Browns wide receiver Antonio Bryant at 23.4.

FAST FACT IV: If the Dolphins win and the Raiders lose this weekend, Miami would leapfrog Oakland as the winningest organization in professional football since 1963.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "That's not going to happen. I can survive. I just enjoy playing the game. I get back up, keep fighting. That's how I play. That's how much I care about it. I care about this team, I care about Cleveland a lot. So I'm going to leave it all out there."—quarterback Charlie Frye, on head coach Romeo Crennel's "talking about a new quarterback if the Browns didn't fix their protection problems" comments.

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