Away from the field, the past several months have involved plenty of friction between the Browns and receiver Josh Cribbs. The player believes the owner promised to give him a new contract last December; the team has denied that assertion. Periodic whispers of a possible holdout and/or walkout emerged.
On the field, all has been well. Cribbs has been a good soldier, honoring his word to the organization and waiting for the organization to honor its word to him.
After Cribbs was sent to the hospital last night via a hot potato routine that wasn’t going to erase the 16-point deficit no matter how many trombone players it knocked down, his agent sounded off regarding the decision to call a high-risk play under hopeless conditions.
“I can’t even put into words how upset I am at them for leaving him in
like that,” agent J.R. Rickert told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer via text message.
Ravens defensive end Trevor Pryce didn’t like it, either.
“Running a play like that when you’re down 16 — what are you trying to
prove?” Pryce said. “I don’t understand it. I don’t want to say
something like that, but heck, it’s the truth. Bad things happen when
you do something like that. When people are running around like crazy,
somebody’s going to get hurt.”
In this case, somebody did get hurt. And in their effort to make the latest defeat less embarrassing, the Browns sacrificed the one guy on the team most likely to help them get another win.