Browns receiver and return man Josh Cribbs walked off the field after a brutal but legal hit on a punt return in Baltimore.
Cribbs lowered his head as he returned the ball into a group of Ravens and was sandwiched, with one Raven hitting him from his left and knocking his helmet off, and then another Raven hitting him from his right and knocking him to the turf, causing the back of Cribbs’ head — with no helmet — to crash into the ground.
To add insult to injury, Cribbs fumbled, and as players scrambled for the loose ball, he took a cleat to the face. None of the hits were dirty or malicious, Cribbs was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Amazingly, although Cribbs appeared to have been knocked unconscious and players from both teams wore concerned looks on their faces as they gathered around him in prayer, after a couple of minutes he got up and walked off the field looking dazed but not too badly hurt. He walked to the locker room, and although we certainly shouldn’t expect to see him back on the field tonight, he was telling the Browns’ trainers that he’s OK.