Berea Report: Browns Look for Springboard

From Berea, Fred Greetham reports on the Browns practice as they prepare for a tough opponent. Find out who was practicing, and who returned to the roster...

BEREA - Many feel the Browns debacle in the preseason against the Giants set the tone for the 1-3 start the team has experienced.

This gives the Browns a chance to turn things around on national television--not only for their own credibility—but to stay within striking distance of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are off to a 4-1 start.

"It's a big game for us to get back on track," Braylon Edwards said. "We can gain some momentum against the best team in the league.

"To come out and get this win would help us move forward."

Derek Anderson, who suffered a concussion against the Giants in the second preseason game, is hoping for a turnaround.

"We have some momentum after the last game," Anderson said. "This is a great opportunity for us. We don't want to go out and lay an egg again."

Romeo Crennel thinks the Browns have much to prove.

"I think (the team) have a resolve to show that they can play winning football," Crennel said. "It's a big challenge to show (the television audience) we can play some football in Cleveland."

Crennel knows the feat will be no small task.

"The (Giants) are hitting on all cylinders," he said. "They haven't really had many close games."

Last year, the Browns came off their bye week and defeated the Rams on the road, 27-20.

"We came off the bye last year and won, but that was last year," Edwards said.

Edwards thinks the Browns are in a good position heading into this week's matchup.

"Expectations are down and that could be a good situation for us," he said. "We're beginning a 12 game season. The first quarter is over and we're going to see what we can do in a 12 game season as we try to get things going."


What a Difference: About a year ago, QB Eli Manning was much maligned in New York as the Giants were struggling. The Giants and Manning got on a roll in the second half of the season and rode it to a Super Bowl win.

The Browns are hoping that QB Derek Anderson can have that type of turnaround for himself and the team.

"You just have to continue to fight and plug away," Anderson said. "Hopefully, things will start going our way."

Anderson thinks the Browns will be ready for Monday.

"We've had some good practices and we want to carry it into the game."

New Guy: The Browns bolstered their secondary by signing DB Hamza Abdullah to the roster early this week. Abdullah is in his fourth NFL season with eight starts in 24 career games. All of his starts were in 2007 when he registered 48 tackles and had seven passes broken up.

"Abdullah has been in Denver for four years and he's an NFL player with experience," Crennel said. "We felt like we could get a player with NFL experience because we've had injuries to the safeties. Abdullah has some height and can play special teams."

Abdullah is 6-2, 216 pounds and was originally a seventh-round draft choice of Tampa Bay from Washington State.

"We basically traded safety for safety by releasing Travis Key from the practice squad," Crennel said. "We re-signed WR Steve Sanders to the practice squad."

Steve's Back: The Browns re-signed WR Steve Sanders to the practice squad after releasing him from the active roster to make room for Abdullah.

Sanders had one reception for 18 yards through the first four games.

Injury Status: Crennel said DL Shaun Rogers (shoulder), RB Jason Wright (knee), OL Kevin Shaffer (concussion) and DB Sean Jones (knee) will be limited on Wednesday.

Crennel said TE Kellen Winslow will not practice on Wednesday as he's sick and DL Shaun Smith will sit out recovering from his hand surgery. Neither are expected to miss Monday's game.

Crennel said Jones will start running at Wednesday's practice.

"He's making decent progress and will begin to do more."

NY,NY: WR Braylon Edwards turned on Frank Sinatra singing "New York, New York" in the locker room. 

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