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By Marla Ridenour Published: August 1, 2009

Receiver Braylon Edwards and rookie cornerback Coye Francies, both on the reserve-non-football injury list, were dressed in shorts and jerseys, but did not participate in drills. Coach Eric Mangini gave no details and said they would be back on the field when they were cleared to participate.

Edwards, who was still limping, said his is the continuation of a problem that also sidelined him during the June minicamp. He would not confirm the rumor that he was hurt playing basketball, referring questions to Mangini.

In June, Edwards said the injury wasn't serious and he could have played if there had been a game that day.

''At the end of the day it’s all precaution,'' Edwards said. ''You asked me if I could’ve played the game if it was today. The game wasn’t today and the game isn’t today. The game isn’t 'til Sept. 13. Right now it’s precautionary and everthing’s on Coach Mangini.''

Asked if he was close, Edwards said, ''Who knows? It feels good.''

Who's here: Participating were kicker Phil Dawson and receiver/special teamer Joshua Cribbs, both seeking to renegotiate their contracts, and offensive lineman Ryan Tucker, who admitted he considered retirement in the seven weeks after minicamp.

QB update: In seven-on-seven, Derek Anderson's pass intended for tight end Robert Royal was picked off by safety Mike Adams. Anderson burned Adams on the next play, hitting receiver Syndric Steptoe on a TD bomb of over 50 yards. That was the first of two touchdown tosses by Anderson. He also hit rookie Brian Robiskie during team drills. Brady Quinn did not throw for a score.

Special teams highlight: Near the end of practice, Phil Dawson lined up for nine field goals and hit seven even though the goal posts are only half the normal width (18 feet, 6 inches). One from the 10-yard line hit the upright and bounced off, another from the 30 was wide left.

Hit of the day: Linebacker Bo Ruud and Steptoe stood out in Mangini's one-on-one gauntlet-style drill where two players run at each other.

Quote of the day: ''I tried to make a stand during OTAs so I could get it all handled before camp's over. I won't have to miss any more practice time, learning the playbook and everything like that. I can't make any predictions on what I'm going to do in the future. I can tell you I want to be out here on this field, I don't want to miss a step. It's real competitive out here, I'm trying to get my spot on offense and work my way on defense as well. But I can't make any predictions on what I'm going to do when the season starts.'' --Cribbs on whether he will hold out if he doesn't get a new contract.


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