Reporting Daryl Ruiter
BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins could be the last in Cleveland for Josh Cribbs.
“I’ve put a lot of thought into it,” Cribbs said. “I’m going to give a little something extra special and try to put on a show.”
Cribbs is a fan favorite and he was able to use that to his advantage when he landed a restructured 3-year $19.5 mil deal in March of 2010. That deal is up at the end of the season and there have been no talks between his representatives and the team about a new one.
“No, not at all,” Cribbs said. “We all know what that means so… I’ve got to get prepared for this game here and I’ve got what, 3 games left to show what I can do and how I’m still an asset to this football team and how I can be an asset to any football team.”
The thought that it could be his last home game at Browns Stadium is not sad for him – yet.
“I’m still going to be playing football,” Cribbs said. “I’m not worried about that part. I’m sure it will be but not yet.”
Cribbs, who was born in Washington D.C., grew up a Redskins fan and will have several family members in attendance Sunday with 1 caveat – wear Redskins gear and cheer for them at your own risk.
“I grew up a Redskins fan and never met a Redskins player until I got into the league,” Cribbs said. “I’m not a fan now. I’ve got a lot of family coming to the game and have 1 rule – no Redskins gear, no cheering, none of that. I said, ‘Hey, you can’t wear any Redskins gear. You can cheer but at your own risk.’”
Cribbs has amassed 9,722 return yards – the most with any 1 team – in 8 seasons with the Browns.
He was named the 4th captain for Sunday’s game by his teammates.
“I’ve been a captain before on the team,” Cribbs said. “It just exemplifies leadership skills and we’re playing D.C. and I’m from D.C. so it has some significance but other than that I’m preparing for it like a regular game.”
Simulating RG3: Quarterback Colt McCoy will play RG3 during practice this week according to coach Pat Shurmur.
“I’m not sure we have that kind of speed on our team to simulate a player as talented as RG3 in terms of his just flat speed,” Shurmur said. “As we prepare to play the Redskins, who plays quarterback will not affect our preparation. We have to prepare for their offense.”
The logical choices to simulate what Griffin can do – especially speed – would be Josh Cribbs or Travis Benjamin but Shurmur claims he will stick with McCoy in practice.
Thomas A Finalist: left tackle Joe Thomas is 1 of 10 finalists for the ‘Bart Starr Award.’
The winner of the award, which is voted on by players exemplifying leadership at home, on the field and in the community, will be announced on Feb. 1.
New Homes: A pair of former Browns D-linemen have signed with new teams.
Ronnie Cameron, who was waived Monday, was signed to the practice squad by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Brian Schaefering has signed with the Dallas Cowboys reuniting him with former Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
Full Strength: The Browns had all 53 members of the active 53-man roster on the practice field again Wednesday. It marked the 4th consecutive practice that the entire active roster was available.
Injury Report: Limited – WR josh Cribbs (knee), DE Juqua Parker (knee) and LT Joe Thomas (back).
Full Participation – WR Travis Benjamin (finger), RB Montario Hardesty (knee), RB Trent Richardson (chest/ribs/finger), LB James-Michael Johnson (thigh/finger), RG Shaun Lauvao (foot) and Frostee Rucker (shoulder).