Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden said he’ll be ready to play the Oakland Raiders Sunday after suffering a concussion this past weekend in the fourth quarter of the Browns’ 20-14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Weeden said it was his first concussion. He practiced today and was listed as limited on the injury report. Weeden said he felt fine afterward.
“It was mild,” Weeden said. “I never got knocked out. I was conscious the whole time, just a little foggy. Obviously the league’s taking these things pretty seriously. So you’ve got to go through the mandated steps, and I passed all those. So I’m ready to rock and roll.”
Weeden suffered the concussion when his helmet his the left leg of Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas as Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds pulled him down with 5:20 remaining. Weeden said he wanted to finish the game.
“It was so frustrating,” Weeden said. “I stayed in [the locker room] with my uniform on and watched on a TV and begged the doctor to just [let me] go out on the sideline, so I could experience it. But, of course, they wouldn’t let me. I tried. But I was disappointed about it. I wanted to finish that one, but it was nice just to celebrate with the guys after the game in the locker room.”
Weeden said he never left a game because of an injury during his career at Oklahoma State University. He's grateful he'll be able to play when the Browns visit the Raiders.
"A lot of it's out of my hands," Weeden said. "I wanted to do everything on my part to come back and play 'cause I felt like I'm fine and I feel like I'm ready to go. But it's not like it's an ankle or a hand. It's your brain. You've gotta be smart. That was my first and foremost worry -- make sure I'm 100 percent before I even think about it. But it was gonna be hard for me not to make that trip. I'm gonna be there, and I'm gonna play."