The Browns received some good news when they learned that quarterback Jason Campbell did not suffer any broken ribs Sunday in a 24-18 win over the Baltimore Ravens.
Campbell has bruised ribs, but X-rays were negative, coach Rob Chudzinski said today during a conference call.
The Browns (4-5) have a Week 10 bye and won’t play again until they visit the AFC North-leading Cincinnati Bengals (6-3) Nov. 17, so Campbell will receive some extra time to heal. He’ll probably practice Tuesday, Chudzinski said.
“I’m very happy that he’s OK obviously,” Chudzinski said. “He played really well.”
Campbell was knocked out of the game Sunday for four offensive plays. Benched quarterback Brandon Weeden temporarily replaced Campbell after inside linebacker Arthur Brown sacked him and 6-foot-4, 340-pound nose tackle Haloti Ngata landed on him late in the first quarter.
Campbell, though, pushed through the pain and played the rest of the way, completing 23-of-35 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns, which tied a career high. He posted a passer rating of 116.6, took three sacks and did not throw an interception, helping the Browns halt their three-game losing streak and their 11-game skid against the defending Super Bowl-champion Ravens (3-5).
“I wasn’t coming out of the game,” Campbell said during his postgame news conference. “They would have to drag me out of the game. I wanted to stay out there with those guys and keep fighting. We talked all week about needing to get this win.”
Campbell, 31, underwent X-rays after the game and said he didn’t think his ribs were broken. Still, he conceded it was difficult to push through the injury.
“It was extremely hard,” Campbell said. “I tried to do the best that I could in order to help the guys around me. They gave me time to make some plays and make some throws. I kept telling them to just give me time because my ribs were really bothering and hurting me. It was bothering me on a couple of throws, but I really wanted to cut it loose and it was kind of grabbing me. I couldn’t really get what I wanted to put on the ball. This league is all about pressing on. With the division that we play in, I don’t think anybody at this time in the season is playing with 100 percent. There are a lot of guys that are banged up and beat up.”
Campbell joined Derek Anderson as the only Browns quarterbacks since 1999 to register a passer rating of 100-plus in back-to-back games. Anderson accomplished the feat in 2007, when the Browns went 10-6 with Chudzinski serving as their offensive coordinator.
Campbell is now 1-1 as a starter for the Browns and 32-41 in his nine-year NFL career. Last week in a 23-17 loss on the road against the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs, Campbell completed 22-of-36 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns without an interception, posting a passer rating of 105.4 and taking just one sack.
Weeden, the only other quarterback on the Browns’ roster, is 0-4 as a starter this season and 5-14 in his career. Drafted 22nd overall last year by the previous regime, Weeden was benched after struggling mightily in consecutive losses to the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, clearing the way for Campbell to provide a spark in each of the past two games, including the Browns’ first win over the Ravens since Nov. 18, 2007.
Other injury updates
Wide receiver Greg Little has sprained shoulder, Chudzinski said. Little left the game in the fourth quarter after suffering the injury but later returned and finished with a career-high seven receptions for 122 yards.
Chudzinski said “there’s a good chance” Little will practice Tuesday.
Outside linebacker Quentin Groves (ankle) and tight end MarQueis Gray (hamstring) won’t practice Tuesday, Chudzinski said.
Linebacker Darius Eubanks has been cleared after being evaluated for a head injury and will practice Tuesday, Chudzinski said. Linebacker Eric Martin (knee) is fine and will practice Tuesday, Chudzinski said.