Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/29/12
With about 5:16 remaining in the first quarter, Cleveland’s Josh Cribbs received a punt around the 26 yard line and immediately began sprinting up field along the sideline. Seeing several Baltimore players impeding his path, he cut back towards the middle of the field, where Baltimore’s Morgan Cox grabbed him and began the process of wrestling him to the ground.Cribbs lowered his shoulders and tried to churn his legs through the tackle, but was met with a ferocious collision by Baltimore linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who had come streaking across the field to help Cox finish the tackle. The impact of the helmet-to-helmet hit forced a fumble and popped Cribb’s helmet off like a champagne cork. Cribbs fell to the ground, where his body went limp. He was motionless for several minutes as concerned players from both sides gathered round, many of them praying for his well-being. Ellerbe could be seen on one knee with covering his face with his hand, clearly shaken by the unintended consequ...
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