Browns quarterback Jason Campbell conceded today before practice that it was a challenge for him to mentally block out the discomfort he experienced Sunday in a 41-20 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals while playing through bruised ribs he suffered Nov. 3 in a 24-18 win over the Baltimore Ravens.
“It was a challenge last week,” said Campbell, who completed 27-of-56 passes for 248 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions, all of which were tipped, to finish with a passer rating of 44.3. “But it’s a new week now. I try not to put too much focus on that, not at all. I feel great. I feel good. Now I’ll go out and play.”
Campbell didn’t wear any extra padding last week to protect his ribs, and he said he won’t Sunday when the Browns (4-6) host the Pittsburgh Steelers (4-6).
“That’s not even in my mindset this week,” Campbell said. “That’s in the rearview mirror. I try not to think about it. When you play this game, if you’re on the field, you’re healthy enough to play. That’s how I look at it. If I’m on the field, I’m healthy enough to play.”
Browns coach Rob Chudzinski and Campbell expressed confidence that he'll bounce from a poor outing against the Bengals and have a strong performance against the Steelers.
The Browns placed punt returner Armanti Edwards on season-ending injured reserve and promoted fellow wide receiver Josh Cooper from the practice squad to the active roster, the team announced today.
Edwards signed with the Browns Oct. 30 and appeared in two games with the team before suffering an ankle injury Sunday. He tallied one reception for 10 yards and returned four punts for 28 yards (7.0 average).
Edwards was acquired to serve as the primary punt returner after Travis Benjamin suffered a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Oct. 27 in a 23-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
With Edwards out, wide receiver Davone Bess and rookie safety Jordan Poyer will serve as the team’s main punt returners, and cornerback Joe Haden serving as an emergency backup, Chudzinski said.
After Benjamin was hurt against the Chiefs, Bess fumbled a punt during a crucial time in the fourth quarter with the Browns trailing by three points.
“If they need me, I’ll be ready,” Bess said this morning. “Whatever they need me at, I’ll be ready, whatever role that is.”
Edwards and rookie tight end MarQueis Gray (hamstring) were college quarterbacks who Chudzinski considered contingency plans at the position, but they’re both hurt. As a result, Bess will also serve as the Browns’ emergency third-string quarterback behind Campbell, the starter, and backup Brandon Weeden, Chudzinski said.
The Browns also signed wide receiver Reggie Dunn to the practice squad.
Other injury updates
Starting inside linebacker Craig Robertson suffered a sprained knee Sunday and won’t practice today, Chudzinski said.
“We’ll see where he’s at in next couple days,” Chudzinski said.
Tank Carder will start in Robertson’s place if he is sidelined Sunday.
Gray and rookie defensive end Armonty Bryant (back) did not practice today.