ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- The original plan was to limit Browns
receiver Braylon Edwards to six plays so he could test his
surgically repaired right knee for the first time this preseason.
Then he made his first catch and took his first hit without
flinching. By the second quarter, Edwards had taken off his
protective brace and demanded more in Cleveland's 20-17 win over
the Buffalo Bills on Saturday night.
Coach Romeo Crennel wasn't about to stop Edwards.
"That's the reason we wanted to get him in there and give him a
chance to get hit," Crennel said. "I think he took the hit
The Browns (2-1) won the game when Jeff Chandler hit a 35-yard
field goal as time ran out. But the significant highlight came
earlier when Edwards took the field a mere eight months since
having reconstructive surgery.
"Going into this game, it wasn't a matter of, 'All right, what
can you do?' with the knee the way it is," said Edwards, who was
in for 16 plays. "Going into this game, it was, 'What are you used
Edwards, a 2005 first-round pick, picked up where he left off
when he was emerging as a playmaker before he got hurt in December.
Saturday, Edwards entered the game as a backup and made his lone
catch on his second play from scrimmage: a 9-yard reception on
third down when Charlie Frye found him open over the middle.
Edwards turned up field and dragged two defenders before Jabari
Greer tackled him at the Bills 2. The Browns scored on the next
play when Frye threw a touchdown pass to Steve Heiden.
"As soon as I caught that first pass, and almost ended up in
the end zone, it was right back to where I left off," Edwards
He also showed no signs of pain when, leaping for a pass, Nate
Clements cut his legs out from under him later in the game.
The Bills (0-3) have yet to win a game under first-year head
coach Dick Jauron, but did show some positive signs.
Receiver Peerless Price caught his first pass this preseason, a
56-yard touchdown reception, while quarterback J.P. Losman all but
secured the starting job with an efficient outing. Losman finished
15-of-22 for 184 yards and a touchdown. His only blemish was a
poorly thrown ball to the right sideline that was intercepted by
Ralph Brown in the third quarter.
Losman's best pass was his completion to Price, when the
quarterback eluded an oncoming defender, stepped up in the pocket
and hit the receiver on the fly up the left sideline.
"It's been a while, but it felt good," Price said. "I
congratulated J.P. for giving me a shot."
It was Price's only catch, but it capped a tough week in which
he was fined for missing practice last Sunday because he misread
the team's schedule.
The seven-year veteran is back with Buffalo, re-signing with the
team in April, in an attempt to jump-start his career after three
disappointing seasons split between Atlanta and Dallas.
"I'm happy we were able to hook up on one of those," Losman
said. "Peerless is begging for it. We all want to see him
The Bills welcomed back Takeo Spikes, who played his first game
in 11 months since tearing his right Achilles' tendon. The two-time
Pro Bowl linebacker played in two series and had one tackle, when
he stopped Ruben Droughns for 2 yards on the Browns' first play.
Spikes punched the air to celebrate and immediately drew a large
cheer from the crowd.
"I was very anxious, very nervous and I felt like a little kid
in a candy store who got his first taste of sugar," Spikes said.
"I'm glad to be home."
Edwards' presence was significant for the Browns, who finally
had their three top young offensive stars on the field together at
the same time. Edwards joined Frye and tight end Kellen Winslow,
the 2004 first-round selection, who's missed the past two seasons
because of injuries.
"It makes a big difference when you have No. 17 and 80 out
there," Frye said referring to Edwards and Winslow. "I think
there's going to be a lot of plays made."
Browns LB Willie McGinest also made his preseason debut
since joining the team as a free agent in March, registering a
tackle while playing the entire first quarter. ... Bills backup RB
Lionel Gates scored on a 3-yard run. Browns third-string QB Derek
Anderson hit Joshua Cribbs for a 28-yard TD pass. ... Browns
third-string S Shawn Mayer was carted off the field with a knee
injury late in the game. ... Frye finished 12-of-16 for 76 yards.
Rookie fifth-round pick Jerome Harrison led the Browns with 70