Braylon Edwards took part in his first practices this week after tearing the meniscus in his right knee in Week 2. Here's what the 49ers receiver had to say after today's session. It should be noted that before talking to reporters, Jim Harbaugh -- who is notoriously stingy with injury information -- had a conversation with Edwards as they walked off the practice field.
The 49ers officially listed Edwards as limited on today's injury report. Also limited were CB Chris Culliver (shoulder), C Jonathan Goodwin (concussion), WR Michael Crabtree (foot) and CB Tramaine Brock (hand). FB Moran Norris (fibula) did not practice; CB Shawntae Spencer (toe) went through a full practice.
OLB Parys Haralson and G Adam Snyder, both of whom were hurt in the most recent game, were not even on the injury report. Neither Culliver's nor Goodwin's injuries had previously been revealed. (See: above comment). If Goodwin couldn't play Sunday, Snyder would start at center and Chilo Rachal would start at right guard. (For Cleveland's injury report, see below).
Braylon Edwards on the status of his knee:
BE: "It feels good. It's one of those situations where we'll handle it professionally and going day by day and seeing what we can do. Can we do more the next day than we did the day before and we'll see what happens."
Has there been an upward progression?
BE: "It's still about the same. We didn't do more today than we did yesterday. So just taking it slow. Watching the swelling. I think that's the biggest thing. Watching the body giving you your signs."
Are you participating in everything?
BE: "I'm participating in everything they want me to, and what they think is the most important thing to participate in. So that's kind of what we did today and what did yesterday."
You seemed to be walking cautiously, feeling yourself out after running routes. Is that right?
BE: "It's one of those things. This is new - getting back out there is a mental thing as well as (from) a physical standpoint, you have to see where you are. So running full speed, and then kind of gauging and bending a little extra or go in a direction and see how your limbs and your body handles it. So far it's been ok."
Do you want to be out there because of who you're playing?
BE: "If the knee's not ready, then we're not going to go regardless of who (the opponent) is. I just like like football. It doesn't matter if it was the Cleveland Browns or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It's one of those situations where I love the game. And if the knee's ready, then so be it. It just happens to be a team I used to play for. But it's not a situation one way or the other.
You played last year against them. Did that take the novelty away?
BE: Yeah, I think so. Anytime you play for a team, and playing that team in that city, it always does a little something. Whether it was a great experience, a bad experience, or indifferent, going back to that place is always interesting for whatever reason. That happened last year and it was what it was. This is a completely different year, completely different game.
Can you describe time in Cleveland?
BE: They gave me an opportunity. They drafted me in the first round of 2005. I'm very grateful to that society and their organization for taking a chance. We had some good times, we had some bad times, as you do in life. But I hold no grudges toward anybody there and I still have some friends toward that area.
Did you work with Alex Smith during the bye?
BE: Just working with the trainers and Alex. We talked more so than running routes.
Is the timing there still?
BE: It's not too bad. I've missed a significant amount of weeks but we're still professionals. The knee still allows me to have good speed and Alex is Alex, he's playing well and he's finding me right now.
Was there swelling after Tuesday's practice?
BE: No. Not swelling. Just making sure everything is right. When you come off an injury like that, you have to make sure the mental matches the physical. Your physical may be ready but your physical may not be. Or your mental may surpass your physical performance. It's just making sure everything is aligned with the stars so that when I go out there, I'm there for the long haul as opposed to a couple of plays.
How hard was it to watch the 49ers four-game win streak?
BE: It's bittersweet. It's sweet in the sense here we are 5-1. The team is playing tremendous ball. They're motivated, you can see it. They're passionate. We're believing in ourselves versus what people are writing and saying about us. The team is sticking inside of this building right here. That's the good thing about it. The bitter part about it is just watching and knowing you're not contributing. Even though I'm here every day with those guys, I'm not necessarily participating in the victories. That part kind of sucks, for the lack of a better word. They're doing well and I can't wait to get back out there and contribute and do the things I know I can do.
Are you optimistic about playing?
BE: I'm optimistic with any game. I'm 28. I want to be out there. It's pride. It's confidence. It's wanting to get back out there. It's competition. But I have to be smart. That's one thing my mom talks to me every day about, just being smart, 'Braylon, relax, see how it goes, don't force it.' Listening to her words, I won't force it. If I'm not ready, then I'm just not ready.
Browns injury report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
G Shawn Lauvao (knee), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (head), S Raymond Ventrone (hamstring), TE Benjamin Watson (head)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
K Phil Dawson (right thigh), LB Scott Fujita (head), CB Joe Haden (knee), RB Peyton Hillis (hamstring), T Tony Pashos (ankle)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
G Artis Hicks (back), CB Buster Skrine (hip)
-- Matt Barrows