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.