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Browns notes: Josh Cribbs finishes first among AFC special teamers in Pro Bowl fan voting

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 20, 2012

Browns veteran Josh Cribbs finished first among AFC special teamers in Pro Bowl fan voting. He received 127,848 online votes.

The AFC and NFC Pro Bowl rosters are formed with the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 43-man rosters, which will be announced at 7 p.m. Dec. 26 on NFL Network. Players and coaches will cast their votes today and Friday.

Cribbs, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, also finished second among AFC kick returners with 135,101 votes. Although Phil Dawson did not crack the list of the top-five AFC kickers after the first week of fan voting, he rallied and finished second with 120,620 votes. D’Qwell Jackson finished second among AFC inside linebackers with 150,442 votes.

The Baltimore Ravens’ Jacoby Jones (143,047 votes) finished first among AFC kick returners. The Oakland Raiders’ Sebastian Janikowski (138,068 votes) took first among AFC kickers. And the New England Patriots’ Jerod Mayo (143,047 votes) finished first among AFC inside linebackers.

Joe Thomas (175,915 votes) finished fourth among AFC offensive tackles, and rookie Trent Richardson (240,033 votes) finished fifth among AFC running backs.

The 2013 Pro Bowl will be played at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. It will be televised on NBC.

Injury updates

Coach Pat Shurmur said tight end Jordan Cameron is being treated as if he might have a concussion. Cameron did not practice Wednesday or today.

Rookie tight end Brad Smelley might be active Sunday when the Browns (5-9) visit the Denver Broncos (11-3) if Cameron cannot play, Shurmur said.

Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (knee) and defensive end Frostee Rucker (shoulder/hip) did not practice today. Massaquoi practiced Wednesday but was listed as limited on the injury report. Rucker did not practice Wednesday but said he expects to play Sunday.

Stick with him

Offensive coordinator Brad Childress said one season is not long enough judge rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden. Childress believes Weeden will improve quite a bit in his second year, provided there is stability around him.

“He’s in a rookie season of learning what the drill is and getting that first lap around the track,” Childress said. “Can we expect it to get better? You should expect it to get better if you say, ‘Jeez, the guy’s had time to do this.’ Now is one year time? I don’t think so. I think typically you’re judging those guys in two- and three- and four-year increments if you give them that long.”

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