Browns coach Eric Mangini expects receiver/returner Joshua Cribbs to play Sunday at Detroit despite suffering a neck injury on the final play of Monday night's 16-0 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Asked if he would get someone else to return kicks and punts, Mangini said, ''I anticipate Josh playing all the roles he normally plays this week.''
Cribbs wouldn't have it any other way.
"It's going to take a lot to keep me out of the game," he said. "I love it too much. They would have to litteraly take my gear away from me for me not to play...When I was younger, my parents used to ground me from football as a punishment, I just love the game that much."¶
Cribbs, who practiced on a limited basis Thursday after sitting out Wednesday, was hurt on a hook-and-lateral on the final play of the game, when Ravens defensive end Dwan Edwards hit Cribbs with a forearm under the chin. Cribbs was immobilized as a precautionary measure and spent the night in the Cleveland Clinic.
Edwards, who was reportedly fined $5,000 by the league, was not penalized in the game.
"I don't think it was intentional," Cribbs said of Edwards' hit. "I don't think he should have been fined for it."