Browns' Weeden returns from concussion, will start

Associated Press Modified: November 28, 2012 at 6:17 pm •  Published: November 28, 2012
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Someone on the Browns' sideline took his helmet when he left the game, but Weeden doesn't think it was hidden so he couldn't go back in.

"I never want to come out of a game," he said. "I'm too competitive and I felt like I'd been hit a lot harder than I got hit. So I felt like I could still play. They always take my helmet when I come off and trade me out for a hat and jacket, so I don't know if they hid it from me. If they did, they did a great job."

Weeden has been sleeping fine since the injury, and Tuesday night he felt well enough to attend an NBA game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns.

Unless Weeden has an unexpected setback, Browns coach Pat Shurmur said the 29-year-old will make his 12th straight start on Sunday. McCoy may get a few more snaps with the starting offense during practice this week so he's ready, but he won't take any away from Weeden.

"For the most part you get the starter ready to go," Shurmur said. "At this point, this early in the week he's healthy, so he goes."

Weeden finished 17 of 26 for 158 yards with a touchdown before getting hurt in his first career start against Pittsburgh's defense, which remains ranked No. 1 overall. He also bounced back after having his third pass intercepted and returned for a touchdown.

He's thrown 12 TD passes and 13 interceptions, and Weeden's 55.9 completion percentage is 32nd in the league as is his 70.9 rating. Weeden has endured criticism from some who think the Browns have yet to find their future quarterback.

Shurmur, though, is only focused on Weeden delivering wins.

"What's important for Brandon is to play a style of quarterback that leads us to victories," he said. "That's what he needs to do. We could talk about yards, we could talk about all that other stuff, all the ways you want to rank certain things, but his game needs to constantly improve and he's got to strive to get us in the end zone and help us win football games.

"That's that."

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NOTES: Browns DE Frostee Rucker dismissed Steelers OT Max Starks' claim that Cleveland's defensive lineman were going at the legs of Pittsburgh's offensive front. "I don't understand it," Rucker said. "I've played for seven years. I never heard that. A defensive line cutting? What does that mean? We just made the plays to win the game." ... The Browns denied a report that owner Jimmy Haslam has offered TV analyst and former NFL coach Jon Gruden a stake in the team if he accepted a job to coach at Tennessee. ... KR Josh Cribbs did not practice with what the team listed as a "shoulder/chest" injury suffered against the Steelers. He was not in the locker room during the interview period. ... Browns S Usama Young also remains sidelined with a concussion. ... CB Dimitri Patterson practiced and could play this week after missing six games with a severe ankle injury.

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