Reporting Daryl Ruiter
BEREA (92.3 The Fan) - Cleveland Browns receiver/returner Josh Cribbs is alright after sustaining a violent hit during Thursday night’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
The Browns lost Cribbs in the first quarter after he was nearly decapitated by Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe on a punt return.
Coach Pat Shurmur said Friday Cribbs is doing fine after sustaining a head injury (concussion).
“Josh is doing well today, much better than you might expect,” Shurmur said. “I Talked to him at length on the plane last night and he’s doing better than I would expect.”
Cribbs tweeted a thank you to fans and fellow players who contacted him in the last 24 hours to make sure that he was ok.
“I appreciate all the love & support from every1 thru my injury, from all fans of the NFL not just Browns fans,” Cribbs tweeted. “I was overwhelmed with how many prayers went out for me & deeply grateful to the whole NFL family from the players 2 the fans!”
Ellerbe lowered his shoulder as Cribbs tucked his head which sent Cribbs’ helmet flying and jarred the football loose with 5:07 left in the first quarter.
Cribbs hit his head hard on the turf and laid on the field for a few minutes. He was able to walk off under his own power but the Ravens got the football at the Browns’ 40 and he did not return.
Some thought the hit might have been dirty or excessive since it didn’t appear there was a legitimate attempt to tackle but Shurmur didn’t challenge it on Friday.
“It was a good tough hit,” Shurmur said. “It was a good hard hit. I don’t know if I have a problem with it. I don’t like the fact that Josh got hurt.”
Craig Robertson picked off Joe Flacco in the end zone on a bad ball intended for Anquan Boldin to thwart the scoring threat.
T.J Ward left M&T Bank Stadium with a cast on his right hand after sustaining an injury to his thumb.
Shurmur said he will be evaluated further. When asked if Ward could still play with the injury Shurmur responded, “Ray Ventrone is doing it.”
Safety Usama Young sustained a knee injury but was up and about Friday and hopes the break will allow him to be ready to play against the N.Y. Giants in 9 days.