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Browns and Jason Campbell breathing easier after exams show ribs bruised, not broken

Nov 04, 2013 -- 1:25pm

By Tony Grossi |



Extra Points …

Whewwwww: That wind gust that blew through Brownstown on Monday may have emanated from team headquarters – a pronounced exhale when results of X-rays and other tests on Jason Campbell’s ribs came back negative.

Coach Rob Chudzinski described the injury as bruised ribs and said the quarterback would practice on Tuesday when the players return for the first of two sessions during its bye week.

“I’m very happy that he’s OK, obviously,” Chudzinski said.

Campbell injured the ribs when 340-pound Baltimore tackle Haloti Ngata fell on him on a sack with 2:11 to play in the first quarter.

Brandon Weeden hurried in and handed off twice, and then tossed two short passes before the Browns punted. After the timeout between quarters and a Baltimore three-and-out possession, Campbell returned with 14:03 remaining in the second quarter.

Campbell played through pain the rest of the game and engineered a 24-18 victory to end an 11-game losing streak to the Ravens and keep the Browns’ season interesting.

“Just based on him grimacing and knowing it was bothering him and just seeing him out there and pushing through it, I know he’s tough,” Chudzinski said. “Just talking to him and looking at him, there was no way he was going to come out of that game and miss out for his teammates.”

Campbell matched a career-high three touchdowns and supervised a vintage 6 ½-minute possession at the end to preserve the win.

After the game, Campbell said, “It was extremely hard. I tried to do the best that I could in order to help the guys around me. They gave me time to make some plays and make some throws. I kept telling them to just give me time because my ribs were really bothering and hurting me.

“I couldn’t really get what I wanted to put on the ball. This league is all about pressing on. With the division that we play in, I don’t think anybody at this time in the season is playing 100 percent. There are a lot of guys that are banged up and beat up.”

QB hunt quiet: A week ago, the Browns tried and failed to sign quarterback Scott Tolzien off the Green Bay Packers practice squad. Tolzien was signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent when Browns coordinator was Chargers head coach. Tolzien opted to stay in Green Bay because of the better long-range opportunity to be promoted as the team’s primary backup quarterback next season – and a hefty raise.

The injury scare to Campbell showed just how precarious the Browns’ QB situation is, now that the team is in the division playoff conversation at 4-5.

I asked Chudzinski if the team will intensify efforts to add a QB to the roster. (Matt Flynn was released by Buffalo on Monday.)

“We’re looking consistently at that,” the coach replied. “For a game day, it isn’t going to change how many guys we’ll have up on game day. (No. 3 tight end) MarQueis Gray was our third and (receiver) Armonti Edwards is another guy who can function as a third in the past. Jason looks to be fine. Unless there was a real sense of urgency that we had to do something right away, we’ll just continue to evaluate who’s there and be able to move when we need to.”

Injury update: Gray, incidentally, suffered a hamstring injury in the Baltimore game and will not practice Tuesday … Receiver Greg Little, shoulder sprain, probably will practice, Chudzinski said. Also available will be linebacker Darius Eubanks (head) and linebacker Eric Martin (knee) … Linebacker Quentin Groves (ankle) will not practice, Chudzinski said.


Tony Grossi covers the Browns for ESPN 850 WKNR, ESPN 1540 KNR2 and

He has covered the Browns with distinction since 1984 and is one of 46 voters for the National Football League Hall of Fame. Email your “Hey Tony” questions to

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