Found October 03, 2012 on
Waiting For Next Year:
One of the nicer stories in an otherwise disappointing year so far for the Browns has been the defensive line. Much-maligned John Hughes and surprising late-rounder Billy Winn have been surprisingly good filling in for Phil Taylor. While it is a nice story, there’s no doubt that it would be an even better one if they were coming in to spell Taylor rather than filling in for him completely due to a torn pec sustained lifting weights this off-season. He’s getting closer and is eager to play, but he and the Browns also seem to be eager not to rush.
“I want to get back, but I’m not going to push it,” Taylor said in the locker room Monday. “My body will let me know when I’m ready to play.”
You hate to look too far ahead, and the Browns are expected to compete week-in and week-out despite injuries. That being said, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to the second half of the season when the Browns will hopefully have both Taylor and suspended corner, Joe Haden, back on the field. While nothing is guaranteed, you have to look at it as at least an opportunity for things to really come together for the young, inconsistent defense.
[Related: “Cleveland ’95: A Football Life” will be mandatory viewing for me]
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Josh Cribbs was lit up by the Ravens during a recent game, and the devastating hit reportedly has his family worried about his health.
I’ve read countless tweets from Browns fans saying they won’t watch this documentary about the 1995 Cleveland Browns. Tony Grossi wrote about it and likened it to reliving a family member’s funeral. While those scenes depicting the stadium being torn apart might cause me to shed a few tears, after seeing the sneak preview, I think I’ll have to watch it because there is so...
Josh Cribbs shares with rookie receivers
Sometimes the things we love most about NFL players is also their worst and most self-destructive attribute. Josh Cribbs talked to the media yesterday and showed his patented toughness after taking a vicious head shot from an odd angle against the Ravens. The hit knocked him unconscious but Cribbs, as if transported from a different decade...
Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs doesn't remember much about the vicious hit that knocked him unconscious last week against Baltimore.
Cribbs was cleared to practice Wednesday by team doctors for the first time since the hit that flattened him on a kickoff return in Thursday night's loss to the Ravens. Cribbs said that despite being out cold that he wanted to go back in...
After watching getting knocked out of last week’s game against the Ravens, Cleveland Browns kick returner Josh Cribbs says his family doesn’t want him playing football anymore.
“Everyone was calling and couldn’t stop crying,” said Cribbs, per the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, who has two young children. “My brother, who’s the reason why I’m playing football, even he wants...
Jimmy Haslam III won't spend his first days as owner of the Browns handing out pink slips.
Haslam, whose $1 billion purchase of Cleveland's franchise is expected to be approved by NFL owners later this month, said Thursday through a team spokesman that he has no plans to make any personnel changes ''until after the year.'' At 0-4, the Browns are the only...
Beyond some miraculous, mythological football heaven intervention, it doesn’t appear that the Browns’ current losing streak will reverse itself any time soon.
Cleveland Browns (0-4) at New York Giants (2-2)
In my weekly Power Rankings, I had the Browns in last for the 3rd straight week, but I didn’t feel comfortable about. Yes, the Browns are one of two remaining 0-4 teams and compared to the other one, New Orleans, they’re much less likely to turn things around. They’re the only 0-4 team that isn’t really a surprise. Everyone...
Earlier in the week we talked about the likelihood of Hakeem Nicks suiting up for the Giants. Now his replacement, Ramses Barden, might be doubtful too with a concussion.
“He complained of a headache and asked if he could be evaluated,” Coughlin said, via the team. “They sent him for the evaluation yesterday. I think a lot of the symptoms were okay, but there was enough there...