On Friday, Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs practiced for the first time since he suffered a concussion this past Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Cribbs and wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi were injured in the second quarter when Steelers linebacker James Harrison leveled them with devastating hits that led to a $75,000 fine and widespread debate.
Browns coach Eric Mangini said he expects Cribbs to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Cleveland (1-5) certainly could use its two-time Pro Bowl return man against the defending Super Bowl champion Saints (4-2).
"He does so many things and he does so many things well that it just creates a lot of options offensively," Mangini said Friday before practice. "Obviously, his ability in the return game, that changes the way teams have to deal with us. That's a real plus. There are so many elements that he helps us (with). It's great to have him back."
Cribbs was sharp in his return. He appeared to be in top form while running routes and catching passes from rookie quarterback Colt McCoy, who's expected to make his second consecutive start Sunday. Cribbs even made a one-handed catch as the 30-minute portion of practice open to media ended.
As for Massaquoi, he has still not returned to practice. However, Mangini would not rule him out Friday.