Browns QB Weeden Cleared To Practice, Play Sunday At Oakland
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BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Cancel the Colt McCoy pep rally.
Barring a surprise, he won’t be starting this week.
Cleveland Browns starting quarterback Brandon Weeden practiced Wednesday after sustaining a concussion with 5:20 to play in the 4th quarter of Sunday’s 20-14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“It was mild,” Weeden said. “I never got knocked out. I was conscious the whole time, just a little foggy. Obviously the league’s taking these things pretty seriously. So you’ve got to go through the mandated steps, and I passed all those. So I’m ready to rock and roll.”
Coach Pat Shurmur announced Wednesday morning that Weeden was cleared to practice and play Sunday at Oakland. Shurmur added that Weeden will go through his normal week of preparation for Sunday’s game against the Raiders barring “any unforeseen setbacks.”
Weeden was listed officially as “limited” on the team’s injury report Wednesday afternoon.
Weeden went down when his head collided with left tackle Joe Thomas’ thigh while being pressured by Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds. He was ready to go back into the game but was escorted to the locker room for further evaluation.
“A lot of it’s out of my hands,” Weeden said. “I wanted to do everything on my part to come back and play because I felt like I’m fine and I feel like I’m ready to go. But it’s not like it’s an ankle or a hand. It’s your brain. You’ve gotta be smart. That was my first and foremost worry, make sure I’m 100 percent before I even think about it. But it was gonna be hard for me not to make that trip. I’m gonna be there, and I’m gonna play.”
McCoy came on for the final 2 offensive series for the Browns late in the 4th quarter and handed the ball of to Trent Richardson 6 times.
Weeden completed 17 of 26 passes for 158 yards, a touchdown and an interception which was returned for a touchdown on their opening series off a tipped ball.