BEREA, Ohio -- Already down a wide receiver indefinitely,
the Cleveland Browns will be without one of their running backs for
Lee Suggs, a breakaway back whose brief NFL career has been
slowed by assorted injuries, broke his right thumb during Sunday's
win over the Chicago Bears and will be out at least four weeks.
The injury is the latest setback for the unlucky Suggs, who
challenged to be Cleveland's No. 1 back during training camp before
spraining his ankle.
On Monday, Suggs, who was on the field for only three plays but
didn't touch the ball during the Browns' 20-10 comeback victory,
had two screws surgically inserted into his thumb at the Cleveland
During his weekly news conference Monday, Browns coach Romeo
Crennel said "Lee's OK" when asked about Suggs' condition.
Meanwhile, the Browns said rookie wide receiver Braylon Edwards
will remain at the Clinic for at least another day following
surgery to remove an unknown infection near his right elbow.
Edwards continues to receive antibiotics for the infection,
which has yet to be identified by doctors, the Browns said. The
first-round pick has been hospitalized since Saturday, when he had
an operation to clean out the infection that caused his arm to
Edwards will likely miss Sunday's game at Baltimore and could
miss several more weeks, depending on the severity of the
In 2003, Browns linebacker Ben Taylor was hospitalized for a
week with a staph infection that developed in a tiny scratch on his
arm. Taylor lost 10 pounds while he was sick, lost his starting job
and spent the rest of the season on special teams.
Taylor said he can relate to Edwards' predicament, and dismissed
early reports that Edwards was suffering from an infected hair.
"Believe me," he said. "It's a lot more serious than what
they made it out to be."
Suggs missed his first nine games as a rookie with a shoulder
injury he sustained at Virginia Tech. In his final game of 2003,
Suggs rushed for a career-high 186 yards and two touchdowns at
Cincinnati, a stunning performance that gave the Browns high hopes
Suggs could become their feature back.
However, a neck injury sidelined Suggs for the first three weeks
of 2004, and he missed three more games later that season with an
Suggs was locked in a three-way fight with Reuben Droughns and
William Green to be Cleveland's starter this summer when he rolled
his ankle during a practice and missed the Browns' first two games