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Jason Campbell’s ribs aren’t broken, he could practice Tuesday

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The Browns won’t have to turn back to Brandon Weeden at quarterback.

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski announced Monday that Jason Campbell only bruised his ribs during Sunday’s victory over the Ravens and there’s no reason to think he won’t be available to start against the Bengals when the Browns return from their bye to face the Bengals on November 17.

“Jason looks to be fine,” Chudzinski said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “X-rays were negative. I’m very happy that he’s okay. He played really well.”

Campbell could practice on Tuesday, although there’s not much reason for the Browns to push anything given how well he played on Sunday after hurting the ribs on a first quarter hit by Ravens nose tackle Haloti Ngata. Campbell finished the game completing 23-of-35 passes for 262 yards and he clearly has the confidence of the coaching staff after they called a pair of fourth-down passes that Campbell completed to Davone Bess for a touchdown and a first down.

The Browns aren’t the tankers some thought they were when they chose to trade Trent Richardson early in the season and could still find their way into the playoff hunt after the bye. A healthy Campbell will be crucial to that effort.

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12 Responses to “Jason Campbell’s ribs aren’t broken, he could practice Tuesday”
  1. feauxley says: Nov 4, 2013 1:06 PM

    Thank goodness. The life gets sucked out of the room as soon as Weeden steps foot on the field.

  2. audient says: Nov 4, 2013 1:13 PM

    That’s great news. The Bengals are an excellent team, but unfortunately for them, the Browns have the bye week to prepare and get healthy. Campbell’s getting things done, and everyone is looking good around him. Except for the running game, but let’s not give up on McGahee. Go Browns!

  3. godofwine330 says: Nov 4, 2013 1:23 PM

    Yes! No Brandon Weeden, Gods be good. Winner is coming.

    I don’t even want to see Weeden holding the clipboard. I’d rather see Marquise Gray play QB than him. I really hate to be piling on, but this dude is horrible.

  4. kosarkid says: Nov 4, 2013 1:31 PM

    I hope we get another QB to back up Campbell soon.

  5. steelerben says: Nov 4, 2013 1:43 PM

    Hoyer wasn’t the answer. Campbell isn’t the answer. Anyone but Weeden is the answer.

    Imagine what that team might look like with an actual quarterback instead of a cast off or journeyman.

    After all the years of wallowing in obscurity, I’m happy for Cleveland fans that they are finally getting a team together.

  6. wiseone50 says: Nov 4, 2013 2:13 PM

    Thank God! We also need a real backup right away though. I would settle for Teebow in a heartbeat- are you kidding me? Anyone but Weeden. (sorry Weeds, this is business, eh- football). What a difference to the team also when the recievers actually catch the ball before they run. Good job guys, catch first, run 2nd. The basics. Keep it up. I knew Bess would rebound!

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Nov 4, 2013 2:23 PM

    The ribs are bent but not broken. He looks to be fine.

  8. pmars64 says: Nov 4, 2013 3:45 PM

    Didn’t play a perfect game, but this guy was tough as nails yesterday. Some gutsy plays against a Ravens D that definitely brought their A game. Tough, old fashioned slugfest that was fun to watch. Ravens are not quite what they were, but maybe, finally, the Browns are becoming a legitimate division rival for them and the rest of the division.

  9. qcbuckeye1 says: Nov 4, 2013 3:50 PM

    Ok Cleveland, breathe. In. Out. He has 2 weeks to heal before your next game and you don’t have to hand it to Weeden. All is right in the world.

  10. oldcracker says: Nov 4, 2013 6:19 PM

    After getting released by the Raiders, handling the backup role with the Browns, and then getting leap-frogged by Hoyer, Campbell remained the class act that he is.

    As a Browns fan, I’m almost giddy that we won but, I’m also happy for Jason Campbell. I’d like to see him finish his career on a strong, positive upswing.

  11. sean222 says: Nov 4, 2013 7:06 PM

    Has anyone noticed that Holmgren has gone into hiding? So glad he would have quit if the team would have traded his top two players. By the way, Mike, Richardson has gained less yards than “off the couch no training camp” McGahee since being traded? Glad you’re gone.

  12. snakeskinsoul says: Nov 5, 2013 7:53 AM

    SO….Cincy is 6-3 and we are 4-5 (with a win over them already). This week we rest and get healthy…THEY go to Baltimore to play a desperate Super Bowl Champ trying to hold on.

    I could easily see us going there with them at 6-4 after Sunday. IF we could pull off the upset that would leave them at 6-5….and us at 5-5 with 2 wins over them…

    Still trying to get used to meaningful football games after September in Cleveland …strange concept :)

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