By SCOTT PETRAKStaff Writer
BEREA â€” Quarterback Brady Quinn remained undecided Friday whether to have surgery on his broken right index finger, or leave it in a splint for six weeks to see if the bone and tendon heal on their own.
â€œIâ€™ll just sound out all the different advice and make a decision once I feel confident about something,â€ he said Friday, two days after he was put on injured reserve, ending his season. â€œThere are mixed opinions about it. In the end, you go with what you feel comfortable with.â€
â€œI donâ€™t know if thereâ€™s a big timeline. Iâ€™m trying to be patient and make the right decision.â€
Quinn said he wasnâ€™t leaning toward either option. Heâ€™s never had surgery.
â€œIâ€™ve been extremely fortunate,â€ he said. â€œYou donâ€™t want to have to (have surgery) if you donâ€™t really need to.â€
Quinn said he hasnâ€™t done much research about the surgery, but thinks it would require a pin or wire to stabilize the finger. He said his decision was a topic at Thanksgiving dinner.
â€œA little bit, yeah,â€ he said. â€œBut I donâ€™t have a bunch of family doctors, so they didnâ€™t have anymore insight into the situation.
â€œThey told me theyâ€™d support me whatever decision I made.â€
On Wednesday, coach Romeo Crennel said Quinn would be the starter entering training camp next year despite starting just three games this year.
â€œYou have to feel very appreciative of that,â€ Quinn said. â€œYou have to feel a lot of confidence when your coach is behind you through an injury and through everything.
â€œBut this leagueâ€™s crazy. I just try to take things week to week, day to day, and thatâ€™s how Iâ€™m going to continue to look at it.â€
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THE EYES OF THE BE-DROPPER: Receiver Braylon Edwards leads the league with 18 dropped passes, but said his vision isnâ€™t the problem. â€œI havenâ€™t had my eyes checked,â€ he said this week. â€œI donâ€™t think me dropping passes has anything to do with my eyes. Iâ€™ve always had great vision. We have eye tests. I can always see from afar, up close.â€ After the loss to Houston on Sunday, when he had at least two more drops, Edwards said he needed to â€œgo somewhere and get my head together.â€ With no time for a trip to the beach, heâ€™s trying to solve the problem at Browns headquarters. â€œI observe my film, see what Iâ€™m doing wrong, see what I can do better,â€ he said. â€œIâ€™ve done that. Iâ€™m still doing that. Iâ€™m going to practice hard today and move forward.â€ Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski compared Edwards to a baseball player in a hitting slump. â€œWe have just got to help him and I have got to help him work through that and he will,â€ he said. â€œHe will pull out of it.â€
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GOOD BOSS: Chudzinski was asked what itâ€™s like to have Crennel as a boss. â€œRomeo is a strong individual,â€ he said. â€œYou donâ€™t always hear him say a lot but he is a strong individual in his beliefs. â€œThe thing that stands out to me, and we say it to our players all the time, is adversity reveals your true character. It reveals your character in your actions, the things you say, accepting responsibility and those types of things. I think Romeo has been through a lot of adversity and this team has been through a lot of adversity this season. It has been good for me and I appreciate being able to look to somebody who even in tough times stands firm and is a person of integrity.â€
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NOBODYâ€™S FOOL: Running back Jerome Harrison has averaged 8.8 yards on 27 carries and 13.9 yards on eight catches, yet he set season highs with seven rushes and eight touches Sunday against Houston. Would he like to get 15-20 carries a game? â€œIâ€™d be a fool if I didnâ€™t think that,â€ he said. â€œHopefully one day it will happen.â€ Has he thought about where heâ€™ll be in the future? â€œWhoa, big fella,â€ he said. â€œIâ€™m in Cleveland now. I love the fans here, I love the people here. Iâ€™m going to continue to work hard as long as Iâ€™ve got this uniform on.â€
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INJURY REPORT: Third-string tight end Darnell Dinkins (ankle) didnâ€™t practice all week and was ruled out for the game Sunday versus the Colts. Everyone else should be able to play. Tight end Kellen Winslow Jr., (shoulder), defensive end Shaun Smith (calf) and fullback Lawrence Vickers (ankle) were limited in practice Friday and listed as questionable on the official injury report. Nose tackle Shaun Rogers (shoulder), defensive end Corey Williams (foot), safety Sean Jones (ankle), Harrison (hamstring) and Charles Ali (rib) are probable. â€¦ For the Colts, center Jeff Saturday (calf) is out, and Pro Bowl safety Bob Sanders (knee) was listed as questionable. He missed the last two games and didnâ€™t practice all week.
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