On what had been a rare, relatively positive day on the gridiron for the Cleveland Browns, quarterback Brandon Weeden unfortunately ran into Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas and suffered what may have been a concussion in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 29 at 1:30 p.m. ET by Alex Kay
Brandon Weeden reportedly had a soild day of practice with the Browns' first-team offense and is looking highly likely to start on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Cleveland head coach Pat Shurmur seemed impressed and spoke highly of his signal-caller, who suffered a head injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week.
“He went through practice, did everything, looked fine, looked good,” Shurmur said.
This is a great sign for Weeden's status in Week 13, and we will update you right here when we know for sure if he will be in the lineup or not.
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UPDATE: Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 11:55 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp
It looks like there is a good chance Brandon Weeden could play this week. Tony Grossi of ESPN has the update:
"Browns Pat Shurmur: Weeden cleared to practice. Will do everything to day and will get ready to start Sunday.— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) November 28, 2012
The Oakland Raiders have been miserable against the pass this season, so Weeden could end up having a very nice afternoon if he's able to play.
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UPDATE: Sunday, Nov. 25 at 7:35 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney
According to ESPN's Jamison Hensley, Weeden did in fact suffer a concussion on Sunday, but it doesn't sound serious:
Rookie first-round pick Brandon Weeden suffered a concussion in Sunday's 20-14 upset win over Pittsburgh. It was just last December when Colt McCoy got a concussion on a hit from James Harrison.
"He's good. We had a good conversation," coach Pat Shurmur said. "He's being treated for a concussion, but we'll see where that goes. Some guys come back quickly, some guys don't. So, we'll just see have to see where that's at. He was responsive."
Weeden is a question mark for next Sunday's game at Oakland. Some doctors recommend people to avoid flying for two weeks after sustaining a concussion, especially if it's a long one. The cross-country trip could work against Weeden.
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UPDATE: Sunday, Nov. 25 at 4:45 p.m. ET
It appears that Weeden's circumstances weren't as ominous as initially expected, according to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora:
Browns expect Brandon Weeden to be fine. Sounds like it was mostly precautionary with him.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) November 25, 2012
The Browns were content to run out the clock, as QB Colt McCoy came in to relieve Weeden and didn't throw one pass as Cleveland pulled out an improbable 20-14 home victory.
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Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal initially reported the news of Weeden's injury on Twitter:
CBS' Fantasy Football Twitter account confirms that Weeden is being evaluated for a concussion:
Colt McCoy in the game while Brandon Weeden is evaluated for a concussion— CBSFantasyFootball (@CBSFantasyFB) November 25, 2012
Weeden was 17-of-26 for 158 yards, with a touchdown and an early pick-six before leaving the game. The conservative game plan proved wise, as the hosting Browns have benefited from seven Steelers turnovers to hold a 20-14 lead late in the fourth quarter.
The No. 22 overall pick in this year's draft has shown flashes of brilliance this season, but it has ultimately been disappointing for the Browns. With the change in ownership, it will be interesting to see what happens with Cleveland's ever-turbulent quarterback situation.
Some fans are still clamoring for 2011 starter Colt McCoy to come back, but Weeden has immense physical tools and may finally be the answer under center in Cleveland.
Despite his cannon arm, head coach and play-caller Pat Shurmur has opted for Weeden to frequently check the football down, which has resulted in the quarterback pressing at times and producing interceptions. Also not working in his favor is a plethora of inexperienced skill players without a proven veteran presence to provide mentorship.
To further prove himself to new owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner, it will be crucial that Weeden can play the final stretch of games of the 2012 season.
Check back here for updates as this situation develops.