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Braylon Edwards was a healthy scratch Monday

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With Ted Ginn injured Monday night against Pittsburgh, the 49ers may need Braylon Edwards again soon. They certainly didn’t need him against the Steelers.

It sounds like Edwards was a healthy scratch for the game.

“We went with the three [receivers],” coach Jim Harbaugh said via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. “Felt like [Kyle] Williams, Ginn and [Michael Crabtree] gave us the best chance. Then, we also wanted to use Brett [Swain] on special teams. Those were the four we dressed.”

Edwards has struggled with knee injury this year, but he played last week and practiced during the week. He was listed as questionable, but expected to play.

It’s a remarkable statement that he wasn’t even active for a team that could certainly use playmakers.  Edwards has fallen a long way from this time last year, when he thought he’d strike it rich as a free agent.

Ginn sprained his ankle. Early X-rays were negative, but his status for next week is uncertain.

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27 Responses to “Braylon Edwards was a healthy scratch Monday”
  1. test2402 says: Dec 20, 2011 10:56 AM

    Tim Tebow doesn’t get scratched.

  2. duanethomas says: Dec 20, 2011 10:59 AM

    WoW. Mr “Essence of NYC” Edwards career seems to bein jeopardy. Unless he has a ex coach somewhere like Martz did with the bum Roy Williams, I don’t see him playing next year. Now he can be a fulltime man about town.

  3. alwaysbeenaniner says: Dec 20, 2011 11:03 AM

    I hope they are just making sure he is 100% better cause we could really use him to play like he did last year…… get healthy Edwards

  4. lifelongbrownsfan says: Dec 20, 2011 11:05 AM

    Braylon Edwards is a D-bag who doesn’t deserve an NFL salary. He sucked in Cleveland, he sucked in NY, and he’s sucking in SF. When will teams finally see the writing on the wall? His worth is GROTESQUELY over-exaggerated.

  5. elroyjetsson says: Dec 20, 2011 11:11 AM

    Plaxico Burress REC YDS TD
    Regular Season 38 521 8
    Braylon Edwards 14 172 0

    Nuff Said

  6. henryd3rd says: Dec 20, 2011 11:23 AM

    He’s not been the same big time receiver since he was run out of town after confronting Labron James in that Cleveland nightclub.

  7. severs28 says: Dec 20, 2011 11:24 AM

    Why does a team that has Alex Smith as a QB need any WR’s? I’d line up 9 lineman and Frank Gore with him every play.

  8. pmars64 says: Dec 20, 2011 11:42 AM

    Edwards has certainly not lived up to being the 3rd pick in the 2005 draft and is a major a-hole. That said, as a Browns fan, he was their best WR since their return in 99. Since he and Winslow were purged by Mangini, the Browns have not had any playmakers that defenses worry about. And they could certainly use them now.

  9. brownsclown says: Dec 20, 2011 12:00 PM

    Bring ‘yo popcorn and watch a legend (in his own mind) ride the bench!

  10. franknunley57 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:02 PM

    Bring in FA Desean Jackson and a qb that can get him the ball. Go 9ers

  11. Nevis says: Dec 20, 2011 12:04 PM

    This is one of the more compelling stories right now that no is discussing.

    My gut says this is a “quiet” doghouse situation. Braylon hasn’t been getting it done and he hasn’t developed chemistry with Smith. Harbaugh needs to win now.

    There is no question Braylon will be used in the playoffs but it’s not a lock he will start. Harbaugh is the man to decide and he will side with the team before any single individual.

  12. CKL says: Dec 20, 2011 12:08 PM

    It was a funny epic fail by the 4 letter network to have that nice little puff piece on Edwards on their pregame only to announce after it ran that he was a healthy deactivated player. ROFL.

  13. pigskinswag says: Dec 20, 2011 12:08 PM

    In addition to not being able to catch a football, Braylon Edwards can’t catch a break.

  14. jcf78 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:30 PM

    Hoping he gets better, after seeing the report done by Riley on espn last night changed my opinion of him!!!! Has he has donated 1 million for college tuition for those students while also supplying them with computers and school supplies for college, he technically is playing this year for free!

  15. jerrykill4pres says: Dec 20, 2011 12:35 PM

    It’s to bad to see someone just not care enough to work on his skill set, and attitude. I remember when he was in college, he was a beast.. Ever since he was drafted, and i think the minute that first paycheck came, he quit. Now he can’t catch a cold, and is always injured. Funny what a little money does to a guys mind.

  16. drgfri says: Dec 20, 2011 12:38 PM

    Maybe he was afraid Roethlisberger would rape him too…

  17. marvin49 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:47 PM

    Its really quite simple.

    Braylon isn’t playing because he hasn’t been on the same page as Alex Smith all year and he had been outplayed BADLY by Kyle Williams. Kyle Williams will likely be the #2 WR in the very near future.

  18. brownsclown says: Dec 20, 2011 12:52 PM

    Edwards can’t catch anything–including colds, buses and taxis, let alone the football!

  19. waltdawg says: Dec 20, 2011 12:52 PM

    Skins could get Braylon and D Jax…With Moss would be a lethal combination…I have to say I am not so sure Anthony Armstrong is a starter. We need proven WRs.

    We’ll take them for next year.

  20. marvin49 says: Dec 20, 2011 1:12 PM

    @waltdawg

    You really don’t want him. Braylon has returned to his “drop every pass” mode that got him traded out of Cleveland and is never in the right spot on any given play.

  21. pooskay says: Dec 20, 2011 1:14 PM

    kyle williams is more than good enough to replace braylon.

  22. cletusvandam says: Dec 20, 2011 2:07 PM

    With Alex Smith playing QB does it really matter if Edwards is out there or not? I mean 3 out of every 5 Alex Smith passes are off target.

  23. mgscott says: Dec 20, 2011 2:08 PM

    Maybe it’s because he’s from Michigan again ?

  24. kc7426 says: Dec 20, 2011 2:58 PM

    @waltdawg

    You are the reason Redskins fans have the reputation they do. Please do not post on here anymore.

    Thanks

  25. marvin49 says: Dec 20, 2011 5:07 PM

    @cletusvandam

    Alex Smith Comp % is 61%.

    Fail.

  26. pacificajim says: Dec 20, 2011 5:23 PM

    brownsclown says: Dec 20, 2011 12:52 PM

    Edwards can’t catch anything–including colds, buses and taxis, let alone the football!

    **************************************************************

    Not sure about that – he certainly seems to be catching a lot of flak lately.

    Maybe the only thing he can catch at this point.

  27. the1849ers says: Dec 22, 2011 5:27 PM

    Edwards could be a great addition to this team, but like Westbrook last year, they don’t give him a chance. They have yet to get him involved early and often in a game.

    Smith is like Kolb, he doesn’t like to throw to his best receiver.

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