If you’ve been following the news out of Berea (what little there is) you probably already know about Phil Dawson’s participation and Jamal Lewis’ return to the field. Mary Kay Cabot reported today that Browns’ WR Braylon Edwards was held out of practice yesterday because he was recovering from an ‘unspecified injury’. The injury, while not believed to be serious, was enough to keep him on the stationary bike for organized activities. Cabot’s piece included the story about Edwards taking batting practice with the Tribe, and also included a quote from a source close to Edwards that “his major-league dalliance has nothing to do with his absence from the football field.” That is true. But careful followers of WFNY know where he was injured.
Go back and read through Scott’s Tuesday piece on the star receiver and find this tucked away in the comments:
So he may be in great mental condition BUT 2 weeks ago he was at EMH in Avon playing some basketball and twisted his ankle, it may just be a precaution but he was then at the movie theater on Saturday in an air cast when I saw him so yet another little injury for him….. He was a really nice dude but it just pissed me off he twisted his ankle in a pickup game when we are paying him millions, wear ankle braces or something!!
The Browns refused to comment on this or any injury, but sources close to the team describe it as accurate.
(UPDATE: We’ve spoken with John, who was working out at the EMH when Edwards was injured. He stands by his story that Edwards was injured playing basketball and later was seen with a “gray air-cast boot” on his ankle.)
It doesn’t sound like a serious injury, and certainly there is plenty of time for Braylon to heal. But it doesn’t surprise us that the Browns would be interested in keeping this injury quiet. Fans may not be too excited to hear that Braylon was hurt playing around again.
Is there a provision in Braylon’s contract in regards to basketball? Should there be? You may remember Braylon’s participation in Curtis Granderson’s charity basketball event.
Look, Braylon is a world class athlete and you don’t really want to stop him from participating in athletic events, but there is such a thing as taking precautions. What fans want to see is Braylon making good decisions this season. That and a better catch to drop ratio.
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