Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Cribbs suffered a violent hit in the first quarter of the Thursday night game against the Baltimore Ravens.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 12:00 p.m. ET by Alex Kay
There is some good news for Cleveland Browns fans concerning Joshua Cribbs. The WR will apparently practice this week, although head coach Pat Shurmur would not elaborate beyond that.
According to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, the coach said that the speedster would be "out there" during practice this week as, the team prepares to face the New York Giants on Sunday.
#Browns HC Pat Shurmur said WR Josh Cribbs "will be out there" when asked if Cribbs will practice. Won't reveal whether WR Massaquoi will.— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) October 3, 2012
We'll keep you updated right here on Cribbs' status, especially as the Week 5 game draws nearer.
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UPDATE: Monday, October 1 at 11:11 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
Joshua Cribbs' status will most likely be up in the air this week heading into Week 5. The all-purpose star is currently sitting out practice, according to Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.
#browns idle today: ward and Gipson (knees), a smith and Cribbs (concussions), mo mass (hamstring), t Benjamin (unknown)— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) October 1, 2012
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UPDATE: September 28, 12:15 am by Darin Pike
Coach Pat Shurmur, as shared by Gregg Rosenthal on NFL.com, announced after the game Cribbs did suffer a concussion during the game. Bleacher Report will provide additional updates as they become available.
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Cribbs was returning a punt late in the first quarter when he was knocked to the turf.
Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com tweeted:
Josh Cribbs looked out cold after initial hit, then with helmet off, banged back of head off turf, then took an errant spike to face.— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) September 28, 2012
Fortunately, Cribbs was able to walk off the field under his own power.
The Ravens tweeted:
Josh Cribbs stands up and walks off the field under his own power. He gets an ovation from the crowd. Scary moment.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 28, 2012
The Browns confirmed that Cribbs would be held out of the game after sustaining a head injury after the hit:
#Browns WR/KR Joshua Cribbs has suffered a head injury and will not return to tonight's game against the Ravens.— Cleveland Browns (@OfficialBrowns) September 28, 2012
The eight-year pro is particularly known for his returning ability. He was averaging 13.0 yards per punt return and 28.4 yards per kickoff return headed into Thursday's game, both marks ranked seventh in the NFL.
For a Browns squad that has struggled on offense this season (19.0 points per game), Cribbs is an important player who can help the team at least start off with good field position. In his eight NFL seasons, he's notched three touchdowns off punt returns and eight touchdowns off kickoff returns.
The Browns came into Thursday's game as only the second team in the NFL to be winless through three weeks. They suffered a one-point defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1.
With a host of rookies starting this season (including quarterback Brandon Weeden and running back Trent Richardson), the Browns need a team effort to win ball games and Cribbs is certainly a noteworthy part of the team.
Here's to hoping Cribbs is OK after a brutal hit on Thursday night.