Braylon Edwards Returns to Cleveland: T.J. Ward, Please Hit Him Hard

David LurieContributor INovember 10, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 02:  Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets sits on the bench during a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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I am a firm believer of not wishing an injury on a a player, or anyone for that matter, but with that being said, when former Braylon Edwards returns to Cleveland this week in the Week 10 match up against the New York Jets, I will be looking for rookie TJ Ward to be the one introducing him back to the stadium. 

If you know what I mean. 

Braylon Edwards career as a Brown was a rough one. He had only one Pro Bowl season, after becoming the Browns' first-round pick in '04, and continually treated the city and fans of Cleveland with disrespect.

When Braylon's career took a turn for the worse, leading the league in drops in '08, Browns fans, understandably, started to boo him.

Braylon was in denial thinking the only reason the fans were booing him was because he attended the University of Michigan, which is arch-rival with Ohio State University, instead of his constant drops and awful performance on the field.

Last year, Mangini's first year with the Browns, Braylon was traded before the deadline to the New York Jets. This came after Braylon got in a fight with now-hated superstar LeBron James' friend.

It was clear at the time that the Browns would not be immediately benefited by this trade on the field, but this was indeed a necessary change in the long run. 

Braylon has already spoken out this week about his plans to be at his best this Sunday when returning to Cleveland. 

With the Browns on a two-game win streak against tough opponents, the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots, I have one more request.

Please don't let Braylon be productive this Sunday. And T.J. Ward, or anyone else who can, show Braylon what it really means to be a Cleveland Brown.