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Cribbs is fine, likely will play next week

Browns receiver Josh Cribbs wasn’t happy when he was removed from Sunday’s loss to the Steelers after taking a hit to the head.  But Cribbs likely will be happy with the fact that he won’t be missing a game.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Cribbs is expected to play next week when the Browns travel to New Orleans.  The source says that Cribbs could have returned to the game. 

Under the NFL’s concussion procedure, the Browns were required to keep Cribbs out once he was diagnosed with a concussion.

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38 Responses to “Cribbs is fine, likely will play next week”
  1. JohnC says: Oct 17, 2010 8:52 PM

    (collective sigh from Cleveland)

  2. BigD88 says: Oct 17, 2010 9:01 PM

    I wonder if Harrison will be fined for that hit in which he LEFT HIS FEET, and launched himself right into Cribbs’ helmet.
    Was he flagged for that? Oh wait, he plays for the Steelers…..

  3. ry82274 says: Oct 17, 2010 9:12 PM

    How in the world did Harrison not get flagged on the Cribbs hit or the Massaqoi hit? The Cribbs hit was helmet to helmet, no doubt flag. The Massoqoi hit was no different than the one TJ Ward put on Shipley a couple weeks ago and you’d thought the world was gonna end. Harrison does it and the fricken anouncers commend him on his “hard hitting and tough play”. If he isnt fined the NFL is a bs league.

  4. emmac13 says: Oct 17, 2010 9:14 PM

    Cleveland needs Cribbs. Glad to see he is ok.

  5. RDUVALL58 says: Oct 17, 2010 9:22 PM

    ry82274 & BigD88…do you guys know the rules?? Cribbs was a running back on the play…not a defenseless receiver. Always a bunch of crying Brown fans complaining about getting your butts handed to you.

  6. Shake N Bake says: Oct 17, 2010 9:26 PM

    The Cribbs hit, although I think dirty, is not a fine. He is running and Harrison is making a play. The MoMass hit was ridiculous and is a joke there was no flag. Guaranteed 15-25K fine with possible suspension based on previous fines.

  7. Jdnoll1106 says: Oct 17, 2010 9:29 PM

    It’s mid October and I’m already looking at the prospects for the 2011 draft. I hope one day that will change but it won’t be for a few seasons. God its great being a Browns fan!
    I wonder if Hanford Dixon would come back. He can’t be any worse than Eric Wright. Put in Haden already

  8. Igottz5onit says: Oct 17, 2010 9:30 PM

    Massaquoi hit = probably should have been flagged.
    Cribbs hit = legit, if you have to worry about another teammate hitting a player into a helmet-to-helmet hit, something’s wrong.

  9. brownstown says: Oct 17, 2010 9:35 PM

    @ry82274, who even cares if he’s fined? The Browns don’t get that money. I’d rather have the two 15 yard penalties that should have been called. What are the officials watching/smoking?

  10. Igottz5onit says: Oct 17, 2010 9:37 PM

    Good, Cribbs is a hell of a player.

  11. flake13 says: Oct 17, 2010 9:37 PM

    you’re allowed to leave your feet to tackle a ball carrier, and the rules say nothing about helmet to helmet contact while tackling. Read the rules! He was tackling the ball carrierss!

  12. CD_Ridge says: Oct 17, 2010 9:41 PM

    He was playing as a running back from the “wildcat”. Protection rules do not apply. However the hit on Massaqui, Harrison did get flagged.

  13. funi says: Oct 17, 2010 9:42 PM

    Cribbs is soft! He is not man enough to take a hit!

  14. steelmack7279 says: Oct 17, 2010 9:43 PM

    Harrison was not flagged because once a runner becomes a running back there is not helmet to helmet penalties….

  15. Blackn'Gold says: Oct 17, 2010 9:44 PM

    From what I saw, Harrison’s upper body was horizontal with the field while he was running. How do you take your head out of the equation while in that position? So Cribbs is OK. That’s great news. I guess the hit wasn’t as hard as first thought?
    GO STEELERS!

  16. Deb says: Oct 17, 2010 9:49 PM

    @BigD88 …
    Didn’t get a feed for the game until into the third quarter, but in the replay on NBC’s pregame, I don’t recall seeing Harrison leave his feet. The Cribbs hit looked legal to me. But with apologies to my fellow Steelers fans, I had a problem with his hit on Massaquoi. If he were fined, I’d think it would be for that hit rather than Cribbs.
    Glad to hear Cribbs will be able to play next week. The Browns have been playing good football this year and played a good game today. I’ve probably been McCoy’s biggest detractor since the National Championship game, but thought he did a fine job in his first NFL start. If that’s a sign of things to come, you may have found a QB of the future.

  17. BOO3LEGS says: Oct 17, 2010 9:51 PM

    flake, a player is not allowed to launch himself into another player while leading with the helmet. Oh by the way, did anyone see Matt Roth being held on every play in the second half when he rushed up the middle. I know that holding could be called on every play but when the ref is looking right at the middle of the line and a rusher is turned sideways while a blockers arms are wrapped around him is a surefire hold. Browns fans are not digusted with the losing against the Steelers, it is the way that calls are missed in favor of the Steelers.

  18. SteelHammer92 says: Oct 17, 2010 9:57 PM

    Haha Browns fans. You guys spent a week crying about how TJ Ward’s hit was just a football play, but now that Harrison knocks out two of your guys with legal football hits all of a sudden it’s too much violence??? please. You guys would absolutely kill to have a Harrison on your team filled with softies on defense.

  19. ry82274 says: Oct 17, 2010 10:07 PM

    Dirty hits aside, Colt McCoy looked good today. Hey, Holmgren…trade a 2nd rounder for Vincent Jackson and get him a playmaker.
    Here’s hoping we finally found a QB in McCoy

  20. Steelintn says: Oct 17, 2010 10:13 PM

    BOO3LEGS says:
    October 17, 2010 9:51 PM
    flake, a player is not allowed to launch himself into another player while leading with the helmet. Oh by the way, did anyone see Matt Roth being held on every play in the second half when he rushed up the middle. I know that holding could be called on every play but when the ref is looking right at the middle of the line and a rusher is turned sideways while a blockers arms are wrapped around him is a surefire hold. Browns fans are not digusted with the losing against the Steelers, it is the way that calls are missed in favor of the Steelers.
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    OMG, are you freakin’ kidding me?? You seen James Harrison get held lately? Like all the time?? Come on, you gotta find something else to complain about.

  21. Jbrd273 says: Oct 17, 2010 10:17 PM

    To all fans of football: hitting is part of the game! Your head is part of your body! This is why we all love this game because of the action! Stop all the god damn crying already! These guys guys are all paid for the risk they take! If the whining continues maybe they should just make it a flag league! It’s a contact sport! Anyone ever hear that before?

  22. Wonka 2 says: Oct 17, 2010 10:21 PM

    Cleveland Browns fans….
    * Cheer when their player hits Ben Roethlisberger which injures him causing him to get carted off.
    *Grew up with a poster of Turkey Jones slamming Terry Bradshaw on his head on their bedroom walls
    *Call TJ Ward’s illegal hit clean, and just a football play
    *Cry like babies when James Harrison or Hines Ward hits one of their teams players causing an injury.
    They don’t call you CleveWAAHHHHHnd for nothing!!!

  23. Calir says: Oct 17, 2010 10:37 PM

    18 game season should solve this “head injury” stuff.

  24. Iain19 says: Oct 17, 2010 10:44 PM

    Actually, the rules DO STILL apply regardless of the ball carrier. If a defender uses the CROWN of his helmet and drives into another player HEAD, it is a penalty and subject to fine. The rule you are referring to is simply the “defenseless receiver” rule, where the defender cannot LAUNCH his Head, shoulder, forearms or hands into the receiver HEAD. Hence why TJ Ward was fined because he used his shoulder to head. Harrison will be fined for both hits. Look for somewhere around $25k. The flag on that play was actually on Cleveland for “delay of game” because the center Alex Mack thought it was a fumble and kicked the ball out of bounds….
    Why not as a defender just start knee capping everyone… at least you won’t hit them in the head. As a ball carrier wouldn’t you rather have people diving into your knees…… (note sarcasm)

  25. rize says: Oct 17, 2010 10:50 PM

    1st hit on Cribbs, he is a RB and leaned forward. Harrison is running full steam getting ready to tackle his midsection when Cribbs leans forward and head to head. NO foul for a reason.
    The 2nd hit on the WR was forearm to head. No launching.
    Violent collisions. NO doubt about it.
    Will Harrison get fined? Likely because the NFL has to make it look like they are doing something about it. Until the rules change or they start not wearing helmets, these kind of situations will continue. But I dare anyone to tell me Harrison left his feet or used his helmet on the second hit.

  26. unit612 says: Oct 17, 2010 10:57 PM

    I don’t think the hit to Cribbs was an illegal hit. Hillis was asked about that hit, he said he had a great view of the hit and it was clean, and Cribbs and Harrison are good friends.
    the hit on Mohamed looked illegal. I seen some poster say Harrison lead with his arms and Mohamed bend down into him then helmets hit. if that’s so TJ Ward hit Shipley with shoulder then helmet hit. The play should of been flagged. but like TJ Ward and Harrison I wouldn’t call nether one a dirty player. during the game hits like that will happen and for the most part it is not on purpose. remember a few years ago these types of hits were aloud.

  27. neckofturkey says: Oct 17, 2010 10:57 PM

    Harrison should be suspended. And Florio tugs on his nutsack.

  28. BSPN says: Oct 17, 2010 11:05 PM

    The Stains and their low-life fans wish they had a defensive player one tenth as good as Harrison.
    Cleveland’s sports teams are perennial losers. Always have been. Always will be. Accept it and move on.

  29. TylerRDunn says: Oct 17, 2010 11:37 PM

    ARE YOU PEOPLE BLIND???
    1. Cribbs was the ball carrier. On a running play the ball carrier can be hit helmet to helmet. LOOK IT UP.
    2. Massaquoi was NOT defenseless because the ball was still catch-able. It was still on the players fingertips meaning he’s fair game.
    Harrison enjoys knocking people out. No doubt he’s had some dirty plays. But these two were completely legal.
    LEARN THE RULES BEFORE POSTING.

  30. bilbo67216 says: Oct 17, 2010 11:50 PM

    I saw the collision today and throughout the NFL, it was horrible. It is so unnecessary in football. I have a simple solution for this that will start to cut this problem. Make it illegal to attempt to make a tackle without the use of the arms to wrap up the person with the ball. dropping the shoulder and ramming someone with the pads is how people are getting hurt. In youth football, we call an unsportsmanlike penalty when a person tries to tackle without an attempt to wrap up the person with the ball. The key word here is attempt. I understand that there are times you will try to wrap them up and you just can’t get your hands on them. The defender’s hands or hand grabs what he can and pulls the person down, sometimes by the shoe. By doing this, you have to pull up on a hit to get your arms around them. This minimizes the blow. This also forces the defender to lift his head so that he can see what he is grabbing instead of just bull rushing in and hitting. This is what is going to have to be done to protect players. It will get rid of the big hits that people pay to see but safety is first. Please pass this around and get the information to those that can make a difference. Thanks so much.

  31. unit612 says: Oct 17, 2010 11:51 PM

    all this talk about the Steelers holding. I’m a Browns fan and there’s holding in every game by every team if you get away with it great if not you cost your team. holding did not cost the Browns to lose.
    1. We have little talent on offense, Mass last good game was last year when Edwards was on the field also. He needs a vet. to learn from I’m not putting him down but right now he is not a number 1.
    2. Eric Wright keeps getting beat. We drafted Hadden start him and move Write to the slot.
    3. Need a pass rush.
    This team had poor drafting the last 10 years but this draft looks good to bad Hardesty went down, but next year the draft probably focus on offense.
    The Browns are not a playoff team, but there competitive. were not getting blown out 30 to 3. they will win a few more games this year and they will be fun to watch. but the AFC better look out because in a year or two the Browns will be a playoff team.

  32. trickbunny says: Oct 17, 2010 11:51 PM

    # funi says:
    October 17, 2010 9:42 PM
    Cribbs is soft! He is not man enough to take a hit!
    ——————————————————
    A *good* troll is one who doesn’t make it obvious he’s a troll. You need more practice.

  33. svenhoek says: Oct 18, 2010 1:34 AM

    Cleveland Browns fans are proof Goodell’s plan to reach out to women and people who don’t normally watch football is working.

  34. Muck Fodell says: Oct 18, 2010 7:51 AM

    @Heelstammer and Willie Wonka
    Browns fans aren’t crying because of the hits, geniuses. They’re upset because there is no consistency with the calls.
    If either of those two hits didn’t draw flags, then Ward shouldn’t have been flagged either.
    Put the complaints in context.
    Oh wait, you’re from Sh!tsburgh. Never mind…

  35. navybrowns says: Oct 18, 2010 8:10 AM

    TylerRDunn says:
    October 17, 2010 11:37 PM
    ARE YOU PEOPLE BLIND???
    1. Cribbs was the ball carrier. On a running play the ball carrier can be hit helmet to helmet. LOOK IT UP.
    2. Massaquoi was NOT defenseless because the ball was still catch-able. It was still on the players fingertips meaning he’s fair game.
    Harrison enjoys knocking people out. No doubt he’s had some dirty plays. But these two were completely legal.
    LEARN THE RULES BEFORE POSTING.
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    learn the rules??
    retard, a defenseless WR is a WR going to make the catch, until he establishes himself as a runner with possession, would the hit be deemed legal.
    IF you’re in the process of making the catch, a defensive player is not allowed to go helmet to helmet.
    now stop licking a window, put your little helmet on, and actually learn the rules instead of telling other people to learn your version of the rules

  36. BOO3LEGS says: Oct 18, 2010 9:29 AM

    Like I said, You can call holding on every play, but when the obvious ones don’t get called it is wrong. It is easy to see Harrison getting held on the outside and he does get his fair share of calls, but when the guard is turned and hugging a rusher on the inside that needs to be called. You can call the positioning by the ref (now behind the QB) the problem and it probably is.
    The only factor that was different between Ward’s hit and Harrison’s hits, was Ward hit Shipley with his shoulder not the crown of the helmet. You are taught in football to see what you are tackling, meaning don’t put your head down.

  37. JLawless87 says: Oct 18, 2010 9:37 AM

    I admire James Harrison’s tenacity and wish the Browns had a difference maker at the Linebacker position. With that being said with all of the penalties and fines being given this year for similar hits, i feel as if at least the hit on MoMass should have been called. they were clearly helmet to helmet and that is something the league is trying to get rid of, regardless of what the rules are currently, i feel as if with all of the helmet to helmet hits this week, you will see those players be fined accordingly and new rules put in place for next year.
    Anyways, Big Ben looked good, but we already know he is a good quarterback. Where is the love for Colt McCoy? I felt as if he exceeded expectations across the board and would really like to see him continue to get the playing time needed to gain the experience needed to see if he can be the QB of the future or if we should draft another.

  38. Deb says: Oct 18, 2010 10:55 AM

    @JLawless87 …
    Rules have been in place for three years, but they’re not consistently applied. However, it’s difficult to see exactly how players launch in the speed of real-time play. Once the NFL reviews in slo-mo, I do think fines will be forthcoming.
    I’ve probably been McCoy’s biggest critic on the threads since the National Championship game. And being perfectly honest, I fully expected him to feign an injury and leave the game early. I had the first half on radio and finally was able to tune in early in the third quarter. Have to give him credit. The grass stains on his uniform showed how many hits he’d taken but his stats were actually improving. And he seemed to have a command of the field. What impressed me most is that he continued battling to score down to the last second even though a win was impossible.
    My opinion of his leaving the championship game hasn’t changed, but I’m now thinking his father may have pressured him to bow out. I think it would be a mistake to replace him with Wallace or Delhomme. The Browns have a tough schedule ahead. Let him cut his teeth. It will pay off in the near future.

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