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Browns lose Jason Campbell on uncalled blow to head

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When it rains, it pours for the Browns.

Cleveland lost a fumble, quarterback Jason Campbell, and quite likely the game after a play on which the Steelers weren’t penalized for a blow to Campbell’s head.

Pittsburgh’s William Gay came on a blitz and hit Campbell in the head, forcing him to fumble. It was a game-changing play reminiscent of the play on which Drew Brees was forced to fumble by San Francisco’s Ahmad Brooks last week — except last week the officials threw a flag on Brooks, and this week the officials let Gay get away with it.

The fumble set up a Steelers touchdown, and Campbell left the game with an apparent concussion. Brandon Weeden came in to replace him.

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49 Responses to “Browns lose Jason Campbell on uncalled blow to head”
  1. nfl4days says: Nov 24, 2013 3:15 PM

    The refs are a freaking joke in all these games.

  2. kipsmudilike says: Nov 24, 2013 3:16 PM

    Pretty blatant missed call. Gay will probably get a fine.

  3. bearwithjetpack says: Nov 24, 2013 3:16 PM

    You are only eligible for the NFL’s platinum package of QB protection if you are a top 5 QB.

    Everyone else is on their own.

  4. petehemlock says: Nov 24, 2013 3:18 PM

    The difference between the Brees penalty and the Campbell non-call has nothing to do with race. Nothing at all….

  5. bigshirk says: Nov 24, 2013 3:18 PM

    If you are not a superstar QB, you dont get half the calls they do.

  6. 4d9erdynasty says: Nov 24, 2013 3:19 PM

    If that was Drew Brees the defender might of been ejected.

  7. seatownballers says: Nov 24, 2013 3:20 PM

    At least the refs are consistently inconsistent.

  8. FinFan68 says: Nov 24, 2013 3:22 PM

    Seems like they didn’t want to violate Gay’s rights

  9. stampnhawk says: Nov 24, 2013 3:25 PM

    Can you imagine the dramatic made for TV movie that Roethelsberger would put out if that happened to him?

  10. matt14gg says: Nov 24, 2013 3:26 PM

    The irony of that is that a few years ago Jason Campbell graded out as the guy who benefitted from the most calls for roughing the passer.

  11. richheddleson says: Nov 24, 2013 3:26 PM

    waaaaa…..waaaaaa……waaaaa…..call 1-800-crybaby..

  12. whenwilliteverend says: Nov 24, 2013 3:27 PM

    It was were either that crybaby Brees or Brady, you can bet they would have called it.

  13. righthereisay says: Nov 24, 2013 3:28 PM

    I must be drunk. I thought that was just a regular football play.

  14. apetits says: Nov 24, 2013 3:28 PM

    “It was a game-changing play reminiscent of the play on which Drew Brees was forced to fumble by San Francisco’s Ahmad Brooks last week..”

    Except, that, you know, Campbell actually got hit in the HEAD.

  15. badmoonrison says: Nov 24, 2013 3:29 PM

    Sorry to hear about Campbell going down. I always had a lot of respect for him, even after the raiders cut him. Had he stayed healthy, hue Jackson wouldn’t have thrown away draft picks for Palmer. Now there’s a QB I have zero respect for.

  16. titansbro says: Nov 24, 2013 3:29 PM

    Only franchise QBs get protection.

  17. mrlaloosh says: Nov 24, 2013 3:30 PM

    In the head by Gay. Ouch.

  18. ken49ers says: Nov 24, 2013 3:30 PM

    If Brees were playing QB, different story.

  19. koenig61 says: Nov 24, 2013 3:34 PM

    Steeler fan here, and I agree gay will be fined. As for the penalty, it probably should have been called, but with this league and these refs I never know what they are going to call anymore. But I’ll take it, Ben gets hit all the time, and never gets the call. As an earlier poster stated, there are only about 5-6 QBs who consistently get the calls, everyone else you’re on your own.

  20. 4evrnyt says: Nov 24, 2013 3:34 PM

    Nope you’re right, we shouldn’t allow replays on penalties, or lack of them.

  21. kremis says: Nov 24, 2013 3:34 PM

    I thought they quit using replacement refs

  22. brownsclown says: Nov 24, 2013 3:34 PM

    Weeden=WE DONE!

  23. isphet71 says: Nov 24, 2013 3:39 PM

    If I were a QB in the game today, I would legally change my last name to Brady, Brees, or Manning so I could get the same calls they did.

  24. pens5829 says: Nov 24, 2013 3:40 PM

    Here’s an idea. Let’s just pass out 32 Super Bowl trophies every year. That’s what today’s society wants anyway. Right? Soft competition.

  25. donmcg2012 says: Nov 24, 2013 3:41 PM

    Man, Weeden is pathetic.

  26. classyjacklambert says: Nov 24, 2013 3:41 PM

    …. Or on a play that was not penalized, as most people call it.

  27. steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 24, 2013 3:46 PM

    Life is good as a Steeler.

  28. steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 24, 2013 3:49 PM

    That was a clean play. You people love to scrutinize these things, especially against the Steelers.

  29. winorlose6burgh says: Nov 24, 2013 3:54 PM

    When the steelers come to town the browns should just throw the white flag in I mean they are just no match to the steelers remember when James Harrison slammed that brown fan LOL ” I hate the steelers” and he was crying

  30. thefiesty1 says: Nov 24, 2013 3:55 PM

    Too bad for Campbell. It might have made a difference if Cleveland had A BLOCKER. Any good player might as well give up his career if he’s signed or drafted by Cleveland. Poor excuse for an NFL team.

  31. yeahiamdrunk says: Nov 24, 2013 4:11 PM

    Wow, I am so sorry for Browns fans. Weeden is by far the dumbest QB I have seen in years. Who carries a ball like that?

    Im not a Browns fan but that offense is so bad (josh Gordon the exception) that it makes me want to drink.

  32. mikemaric says: Nov 24, 2013 4:20 PM

    Perhaps he should have just smashed him in the nose like Ngata did on Ben? Oh wait, that was Steelers-Ravens – the way football is suppose to be played. I.e. With no skirts on the QBs.

  33. hess97 says: Nov 24, 2013 4:22 PM

    campbell hit in the face. cam helmet to the mouth. Kaepernick tackled by the facemask and neck in the (drew brees/ahmad brooks game*). no calls. watching vick over his career and Kaepernick this season, I’ve seen no evidence that the refs are trying to protect black quarterbacks the way they overly protect the white ones. this coming from a white guy, who is frustrated and embarrassed for the nfl, who is ruining the sport i love.

  34. dontbugmeonsundays says: Nov 24, 2013 4:36 PM

    Such a big double standard between the top tier qbs and the rest of the “non elite”.

  35. melikefootball says: Nov 24, 2013 5:20 PM

    The game showed in my area there were quite a few questionable calls. That is the NFL today. Only three QB’s get all the protection in a game ,we all see it. Just look at Brady on national TV running down the refs and berating them along with the F word. Was ok by Gödel for freedom of speech, a new rule in place this week.

  36. kwjsb says: Nov 24, 2013 5:23 PM

    A list of things I knew and didn’t before the season…

    Things I knew before the season Mr. Banner did not
    1) You cannot run the ball with the guys we kept.
    2) You cannot run the ball with out a fullback (See L. Vickers)
    3) You cannot pass the ball without a running threat.
    4) You cannot pass the ball without a quality QB.
    5) Special teams can win games but not if you do not have special players. (See Cribbs, Benjamin and Dawson)
    6) Gregg Little cannot catch consistently

    Things I did not know Before the season
    1) Th NFL is all about protecting the QB, If a QB slides you cannot touch him, Unless he wears an orange Helmet. (See Hoyer)
    2) You cannot brush a QB on the helmet, but if he has an orange helmet a right cross to the chin is allowed. (See J.Campbell)
    3) Safety is the most important thing for the integrity of the league, street violence is not allowed, unless you have an orange helmet where as you can be openly choked with 2 hands. (See Gregg Little)
    4) You cannot tackle or knock down a receiver while the ball is in the air, unless they are a tight end wearing an orange helmet.

    Just a few things

  37. tictoccpthook says: Nov 24, 2013 5:51 PM

    Cleveland is where high draft quarterbacks go to disappear. Best wishes for Campbell, but for his own safety he should get out of Cleveland.

  38. deerhuntinfool71 says: Nov 24, 2013 6:10 PM

    That was a obvious penalty. Blow to the head, face mask. Caused the fumble and a return to the 5 yard line. The penalty should have been called for ruffing the passer and got the ball back and 15 yards. Changed the whole outcome of the game from there on.

  39. hess97 says: Nov 24, 2013 6:13 PM

    7k fine for Matthews slamming Kaepernick’s head 5 yards out of bounds + throwing two punches.

    15k fine for Brooks tackling Brees around the jersey.

    that’s all you need to know.

  40. steelerrc says: Nov 24, 2013 6:20 PM

    Good non-call

  41. hess97 says: Nov 25, 2013 1:26 AM

    Merton Hanks- not welcome back in SF.

  42. mitchitized says: Nov 25, 2013 6:53 AM

    I keep watching the play, and see something different than what is reported here.

    When Gay gets to Campbell, the “right cross” was actually an open-handed slap from the left hand, and doesn’t seem all that violent.

    I DO see Campbell’s head slam into the hard-as-a-rock turf after the play, which is where I will bet he got his concussion.

    Not going to argue the penalty either way as it is over, but after reviewing the play several times, it really does look like the fall did the damage, not the slap.

  43. karla36 says: Nov 25, 2013 7:58 AM

    I’m shocked…Steelers get another non-call. Never ceases to amaze me!!

  44. bnn52 says: Nov 25, 2013 8:40 AM

    Listen, was it a blown no-call by the ref, yes.

    In other news, as a browns fan, the steelers came in and knocked the browns out from the get go, so fellow browns fans lets stop talking about the no-call and start talking about how badly preparred the team was for this game. The front office has known that Campbell was banged up and has a history of injuries, but has yet to bring in another reserve QB to learn the offense, in case Jason went down again. Enter WEEEDEN. Was Weeden terrible per usual yesterday, yes. However, I dont think he is 100% to blame for yesterday. He came in on a 3rd down situation, put a pass right there for Cameron that would have given the Browns the 1st down, but Cameron drops the ball. Next possession, he threw a couple more good balls, and Little drops a pass that could have gotten a 1st down.

    Lets hope for the fan’s sake that Jason is ok and that the front office brings in another QB this week to play out the season. It would take a miracle and a half for them to get back into playoff contention now. For the city’s sake and for his safety, Weeden cannot see the field in Cleveland again this year.

    Re-focus, get everything together, show some heart and go out and finish the season strong Brownies. I really hope they dont tank for the rest of the season to get a better draft position. There is a chance to kill some playoff hopes for other teams here, especially the Steelers in week 17.

  45. troy43mvp says: Nov 25, 2013 9:04 AM

    William Gay did strike the helmet. Qb did duck so if he does not get fined that would be the only reason. He was coming off of a corner blitz at full speed.

  46. quickdraw85 says: Nov 25, 2013 9:22 AM

    Roethlisberger IS A TOP 5 QB! So are
    Manning,Brady,Brees,Rodgers. The difference being #7 has NEVER had half the protection (both offensive line and the officials) of any if the other 4 on the list.
    Look at it this way…. 1 mechanic has $1,000s of dollars worth of tools and a nice heated shop. The other has a screwdriver,crescent wrench and duct tape. #1 breaks down and calls a tow truck. #2 gets that thing running, might take a few, but in the end the mechanic without all the tools is CLEARLY the BEST. GO PITTSBURGH!!!!

  47. oldcracker says: Nov 25, 2013 9:33 AM

    Speaking as a lifelong (60+ yrs) Browns fan.

    Yes, I questioned the play but hope the league office can work that out. The game was over by then. (I hope Campbell is okay though)

    Yes, the officiating has gotten worse since the last contract. (Maybe they did keep some of the scabs.)

    However, the game was over after the 1st qtr. While the defense busted their butts once again, and once again the Norv’d offense looked pathetic.

    After watching the right side of the line get blown back all season long, it seemed like we were playing with no LG yesterday. What the Hell is going on with the O-line? Who’s “coaching” these guys?

    Maybe Banner could find some O-line help from the linerie league?

  48. dartwick says: Nov 25, 2013 1:08 PM

    Watched in real time gays hit initially did not look as like a blow to the head.

    Watched in real time last week Brooks hit looked worse than it actually was.

  49. whodatnat says: Nov 25, 2013 2:02 PM

    When the penalty was called for Brees, the entire NFL community unleashed a sh*tstorm of criticism of the refs and the quarterback (who was bleeding from the mouth directly after the hit) saying that the call was a mistake.

    When the refs don’t repeat the call (Matt Ryan’s facemask, Jason Campbell), the NFL community is up in arms again saying that it should have been called.

    Which is it? Is it a call if a QB gets hit in the head (which is usually what causes a mouth to bleed) or is it a non-call? If the NFL analysts, players, and fans can’t get it right after weeks of review and argument, how are the refs supposed to know in the moment?

    BTW, I am a Saints fan and I think the refs blew the Ryan facemask call. Maybe we can blame that on the backlash they got for calling the penalty on Brooks.

    Let’s ask Ray Lewis for his thoughts. . .

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