CLEVELAND (AP) – Browns rookie wide receiver Braylon Edwards remained hospitalized Sunday following surgery to treat an infection in his right arm.

Edwards practiced all week and was not listed on the team’s injury report for Cleveland’s game against the Chicago Bears. Browns coach Romeo Crennel said the first-round draft pick took part in the team’s walkthrough Saturday. Afterward, Edwards, who had cuts and scrapes on his arm, noticed that it was swollen and showed team doctors, who admitted him to the Cleveland Clinic. Edwards underwent a surgical procedure Saturday night to have the infection cleaned out, Crennel said.

It was not immediately known if Edwards has a staph infection. Crennel said doctors don’t yet know how long Edwards might be sidelined.

“They didn’t say,” Crennel said following Cleveland’s 20-10 win Sunday. “We may know more tomorrow. It might depend on when they run tests and cultures and what they might find.”

Edwards didn’t mention any problems with his arm to reporters last week. He wore a protective sleeve over his elbow during practice.

Edwards, who has yet to crack Cleveland’s starting lineup, has nine catches for 166 yards. He scored on an 80-yard TD reception in the Browns’ Sept. 18 win at Green Bay, the type of game-breaking play the club envisioned him making when they selected Edwards with the third overall pick in April’s draft.

The former Michigan star has been listed as the club’s No. 3 receiver, but Crennel said last week that Edwards has been making steady progress. Edwards missed two weeks of training camp before signing a five-year, $40 million contract in August.

The Browns (1-2), who had a bye last week, have had a history of injuries to top draft picks.

Quarterback Tim Couch missed the final nine games of his second season with a fractured thumb and was plagued by elbow trouble during his time in Cleveland. Defensive end Courtney Browns missed 33 games over five seasons with assorted injuries before being released in March.

Tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. broke his ankle in Week 2 a year ago, and is sidelined this season with injuries sustained in an offseason motorcycle injury.

With Edwards out, Frisman Jackson played more on Sunday but did not make a catch. Jackson dropped a key third down pass in the third quarter on a slant pattern as the Browns were tying to rally.

AP-ES-10-09-05 1852EDT


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