Berea Report: Injury Edition. Again

Thanks to injuries, are you getting the feeling the Browns are going to be like a student cramming for final exams between now and 9/7? The last two games have shown that the Cleveland Browns need to get ready... and fast. Fred reports on injury status and practice from Berea...

Berea -- The Browns are 0-3 thus far and conclude the preseason Thursday night at home against the Bears. With the short week, the team has just one practice left before the contest.

Unless several players come out for practice on Tuesday, most will miss the finale -- including Pro Bowlers Derek Anderson, Braylon Edwards and Joshua Cribbs -- and will try to ready themselves for the regular season opener against the Cowboys on Sept. 7.

"We're going to have about 10 days to get ready for the opener after the Chicago game," Romeo Crennel said. "If we can get some good work, with the experience we have, I think we can be ready."

Crennel was asked what he wants out of the final preseason game.

"I'd like to win the game."

Crennel knows the guys who haven't played will have to get back into football shape.

"When those guys come back, they're going to be a little rusty," he said. "It's not just going to happen that we're going to be back to where we want to be. We're going to have to work at it."

Most of the players think the team will rebound after a couple of poor preseason outings.

"I'm not concerned because we've been together since March," Andra Davis said. "We have confidence and believe in each other."

Eric Wright agrees.

"We're not worried," Wright said. "We have a lot of things to work on, but everything will fall into place."

Most likely, Anderson will not play before the regular season. He played just one series in the preseason opener and five in the second game against the Giants before going out with a concussion.

Brady Quinn is most likely going to get his second chance to start in the preseason and try to redeem himself and the offense for last week's touchdown-less game with the Lions.

"We need to get everyone back, everyone together and get into a flow," Quinn said. "We really haven't had that. We just need to find a consistent flow throughout our team."

The good news is the Browns will have a week and a half from the time the preseason ends until the regular season starts. Crennel hopes the team can come together in time for the regular season.

"Hopefully, in that time, we get guys back and we can work on technique."

NOTEBOOK

Walking Wounded: The Browns litany of injured players continues as most of the them missed practice on Monday. LB Antwan Peek was back on the field, but was limited in what he did. DL Louis Leonard, LB Willie McGinest and TE Steve Heiden returned to practice. Those missing were: RB Jamal Lewis (hamstring), WR Braylon Edwards (foot), QB Derek Anderson (concussion), DB Brodney Pool (concussion), DB Sean Jones (knee), WR Kevin Kasper (concussion), OL Lennie Friedman (shoulder) and WR Joshua Cribbs (ankle). OL Nathan Bennett was excused due to the death of his father.

Crennel said all of the players are getting closer, but gave no timetables with any of them. He did say that Anderson and Pool have not passed the test in getting to their baseline for the concussion. He said Anderson was a little ahead of Pool. He said he wasn't concerned that Jones' injury was worse.

Peek ran off the field as reporters tried to talk with him and when one yelled to him about being ready for the opener, he yelled back "Oh, yeah."

There was no news on OL Ryan Tucker (hip), LB Beau Bell (knee), WR Joe Jurevicius (knee) and TE Martin Rucker (knee).

See Ya Later: DB Damon Jenkins was waived to put the roster at 79. The Browns have to release four other players to get to the 75 limit by Tuesday p.m. The 53-man roster must be set by Saturday.



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