Berea Report: Learning from a Fiasco

Fred reports from the Browns training facility in Berea, where Cleveland Browns players looked to recoup from embarrassment and injury on Wednesday. Here's the latest, straight from Berea...

BEREA - From the coach to the players on both sides of the ball, they affirmed that they will right the ship after the loss to the Giants.

"It's a non-issue," Joe Thomas said. "But we have to learn from it."

Andra Davis, who was called for an unsportsmanlike penalty early on, said the Browns will rebound.

"We're not concerned," Davis said. "We know we're a better team than that. We didn't play Romeo Crennel football."

Crennel said the Browns will recover from this.

"It's the preseason," he said. "We will learn from our mistakes and move forward."

Hank Fraley said there was not just one thing to put the finger on.

"It was really a lot of little things," Fraley said. "We are lucky it is just the preseason. We just didn't come out to play.

"We'll learn from our mistakes," he said. "There were just too many little things that went wrong."

Some have suggested the Browns might have been a little cocky heading into the 2008 season.

"I don't have to reign that in, now," Crennel said. "It was a wake up call."

Davis agreed.

"I wouldn't say we were over-confident," Davis said. "I felt we were ready to play, but things started going bad and it kept getting worse.

"We know we are better than what we displayed."

The first offensive group played well against the Jets, but didn't against the Giants.

"The first group played well against the Jets," Thomas said. "That didn't mean we were going to the Super Bowl, just like having a bad game doesn't mean much.

"It's just the preseason and we will get better," he said. "You can't judge it by one game either way. We made a lot of mistakes and they beat us at the line of scrimmage."


Browns Trade for Corner: The Browns acquired DB Travis Daniel from the Dolphins for an undisclosed draft choice. To make room, the Browns waived rookie DB Mil'Von James.

Daniels (6-1, 195) was a fourth-round draft choice of the Dolphins in 2005 from LSU. He has played in 44 games, with 25 starts.

"We like that he has playing experience in the NFL," Crennel said. "We'll get him in here and see where he fits. His experience and 25 starts will help us."

Daniels started 14 games as a rookie, six in 2006 and five in 2007. He has 125 career tackles with three interceptions.

Injury Update: Several players that were listed as injured after the game returned to practice Wednesday, including WR Kevin Kasper, DL Shaun Rogers, TE Brad Cieslak and LB Leon Williams. Several others did not practice including RB Jamal Lewis (hamstring), WR/KR Joshua Cribbs (ankle), QB Derek Anderson (concussion), LB Willie McGinest (groin) and DB Brodney Pool (concussion). Crennel said that he didn't expect any of the injuries to be serious, but Anderson and Pool will be evaluated once they get their baseline back and see where they're at. DB Sean Jones sat out part of practice with soreness.

Crennel also updated LB Beau Bell, TE Martin Rucker and LB Antwan Peek, who all had knee surgery and said they are all progressing well. He said WR Braylon Edwards is recovering well, but they want to keep him off his feet to let the stitches completely heal. He also said OL Ryan Tucker is progressing well and was out at practice Thursday and Friday.

Brady's Start: It is expected with the injury to Anderson that QB Brady Quinn will start. Crennel didn't rule out anybody from this week's game with the Lions, but it's expected with the short week that most of the injured will be held out.

Crennel said Quinn played well against the Giants.

"I thought he managed the team pretty well," Crennel said. "He threw some long passes, which some felt he couldn't do. He was elusive at times out there."

Quinn was very diplomatic about the opportunity to start against the Lions. Working with the first-team offense today, Quinn hit WR Travis Wilson for a score over DB Damon Jenkins. QB Ken Dorsey was intercepted by LB D'Qwell Jackson and by DB Gerard Lawson as a pass went off of WR Syndric Steptoe's hands.

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