Browns' Cribbs won't slow down after vicious hit

Associated Press Modified: October 3, 2012 at 6:02 pm •  Published: October 3, 2012
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Cribbs knows the risks. But he's not going to change the way he plays — head first and full throttle.

"I'm not scared," he said. "I love the game. I signed up for this. If I have an injury or something long term, that would be my story. I'd be like, turn on the film, you want to know why I'm like this? Watch this. It'd be a lot of highlights and a lot of tragedy. I've gotten knocked out this and that but I have a lot of film. That's my legacy."

Cribbs missed Monday's practice, but was allowed back on the field Wednesday after his tests were checked by an independent doctor as required by the NFL's policy on head injuries.

"I'm cleared to play," he said. "I passed all the tests — even the balance test during the game. I'm blessed with a kill switch. The doctor said that was a good thing that happened, some guys don't get up after that and recover as fast as I have. I got someone looking out for me."

Cribbs was touched by an outpouring of support after he got hurt. He received over 2,500 messages on Twitter, other fans have offered prayers and one had a gift delivered.

"My mother-in-law sent me a get-well-soon cake," he said.

Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden had an unobstructed view of the nasty hit on Cribbs. He was stunned to see his tough teammate flattened.

"Anytime you see a guy's helmet fly off and the way he reacted after he got hit, it scares you," Weeden said. "Even if it was one of their guys, it's just scary. You don't want to see it on anybody. He's a tough cat. I mean he's Josh Cribbs. I'm glad No. 16's on our team 'cause there's not many guys in the league that bounce back up and kind of respond the way he did. That's pretty impressive."

Cribbs was a major part of Cleveland's game plan last week, and without him the Browns lost 23-16 and dropped to 0-4. Cribbs could have a big role again this Sunday when the Browns visit the New York Giants. Cleveland is short-handed at wide receiver with Mohamed Massaquoi and Travis Benjamin battling hamstring injuries.

Cribbs has been campaigning to be more involved in Cleveland's offense, and may get the chance.

"I always tell the QBs, 'If you want to get those stats up, keep giving me the ball. I'm here for y'all.' I just want to play," he said . "I want to be of good use to my team."

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NOTES: Browns S T.J. Ward didn't practice because of a broken thumb. Ward had surgery earlier this week and may be kept out of this week's game. ... Browns DT Ahtyba Rubin was chosen as the fourth honorary captain for Sunday's game by the three regular captains. .... Browns coach Pat Shurmur had high praise for K Phil Dawson, who has made 11 field goals of 50 yards or longer in his last 17 games. "I can't imagine there's really a better kicker anywhere else," Shurmur said. "We're really blessed to have him."

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