2015 DRAFT GUIDE
Browns' Weeden suffers concussion, QB spot unclear

By TOM WITHERS - AP Sports Writer
    2013-12-02 15:56

BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Another stinging defeat. Another damaged quarterback.

The Browns are losing games and key players at an alarming rate.

With Brandon Weeden sustaining a concussion in Sunday's troubling 32-28 loss against Jacksonville, and Jason Campbell still not medically cleared to practice after suffering a head injury last week against Pittsburgh, Browns coach Rob Chudzinski began preparing for this week's game at New England not knowing who he will start at quarterback against the powerful Patriots.

Gee, how comforting. Bill Belichick must be panicked.

Weeden played all four quarters - 75 snaps - against the Jaguars, and didn't complain about any symptoms until afterward, when he was diagnosed with the concussion. Weeden was sent home Monday after reporting to the Browns' training facility and is following the league's protocol on head injuries. Chudzinski did not know ''exactly'' when Weeden got hurt, but said it's not unusual for players to not feel well until after the game.

Campbell has been cleared to resume football activities, but still can't practice. If he's not on the field Wednesday, the Browns (4-8) may have to start Alex Tanney, who was signed last week off Dallas' practice squad. He's best known for a YouTube trick-shot video he made at Division III Monmouth (Ill.) College and has not played a single down in a regular-season NFL game.

Chudzinski said it's also possible the Browns will sign a free-agent quarterback.

''These next 24 to 48 hours will be key,'' Chudzinski said. ''We have a number of contingency plans. All the possibilities are open right now.''

Tanney was given a small package of plays last week so he would be ready in case he had to play against the Jaguars. Ideally for the Browns, Campbell will be ready, but the way their luck has gone lately, they're preparing for the worst.

''We can wait,'' Chudzinski said. ''We have a few days to let it sort it out and we'll have to know something by the time that we get into practice. If Alex is the guy, then we'll have him ready and have him working and he'll have a package where he can be successful.''

Chudzinski said it's possible the Browns' coaching staff may have to prepare several game plans for Sunday, one tailored to the strengths of whoever is behind center.

''We'll have different possibilities and we'll have to see how it plays out during the course of the week, when guys can practice or be cleared to practice or be cleared to play and how much practice time they would need,'' Chudzinski said. ''It may be different for each guy.''

Their quarterback conundrum comes at sensitive time for the Browns (4-8), who are reeling after blowing a lead in the final four minutes and losing to the Jaguars. Once at 3-2, Cleveland has dropped six of seven and had a season filled with optimism slide toward another filled with failure.

Still, Chudzinski tried to spin some optimism into an otherwise dreary situation.

''I see good signs in the direction and the progress and the improvement,'' he said. ''Those things get overshadowed by the end results. Obviously, that's the tough thing, especially in the last few weeks. But this is what I came here for. We have a plan. I believe in that plan and I'll navigate us through this to the better days that lay ahead for us. I'm fully committed and undaunted in doing that.''

Chudzinski defended his decision to stay aggressive late in the first half, when Weeden threw two interceptions and fumbled in the final 2:35 as the Jaguars scored 13 quick points to turn a 14-7 deficit into a 20-14 halftime lead.

''It's a philosophical thing,'' Chudzinski said. ''We're going to continue that type of aggressive mentality. We're going to play to win and expect good things to happen and make good things happen as opposed to being concerned the bad things that might happen. There's going to be times where it works out and there's going to be times where it doesn't work out

''Obviously, hindsight is 20/20.''

Looking back was again tough for star cornerback Joe Haden, who bit on a move by Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts and gave up the game-winning TD pass with 40 seconds left. Following Sunday's loss, an emotional Haden choked back tears and his voice quivered while discussing the pain of losing.

Haden said Monday that he didn't regret his comments and won't tolerate losing.

''I want us to be successful, because I'm just used to success,'' he said. ''That's just the way I play, that's the way I put myself out there. I know we got a lot of dudes in the locker room that do the same thing and it just hurts when you don't come in with a W.''

NOTES: WR Josh Gordon's record-setting day was still a major topic of conversation. Gordon had 10 catches for 261 yards and became the first player in league history to record consecutive 200-yard games. ''You're seeing the product of his hard work and his commitment to what he's been doing,'' Chudzinski said. ''It's no surprise to me.''

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Tom BradyJul 27 02:02p

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension still has not been announced, and the NFL is now open to talking with the NFL Players Association [ More ]

Doug MartinJul 27 12:02p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin could be in line for a big, bounce-back year, in the opinion of beat writer Roy Cummings.

Casey MatthewsJul 27 09:12a

Minnesota Vikings LB Casey Matthews (hip) was placed on season-ending Injured Reserve due to a hip injury Sunday, July 26.

Casey MatthewsJul 26 02:52p

Minnesota Vikings LB Casey Matthews (hip) has been placed on injured reserve due to a hip injury that occurred during the team's offseason program.

Blair WalshJul 26 02:32p

Minnesota Vikings PK Blair Walsh signed a four-year contract extension Sunday, July 26, worth $14 million. The deal includes $5.25 million in guaranteed money.

Gosder CherilusJul 26 12:32p

Indianapolis Colts OT Gosder Cherilus was released Sunday, July 26.

Percy HarvinJul 25 09:22p

Buffalo Bills WR Percy Harvin required detailed instruction on how to run routes during OTAs, and Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News believes Harvin will open the year as [ More ]

DeAngelo WilliamsJul 25 08:12p

Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams is not receiving any first-team reps despite RB Le'Veon Bell facing a three-game suspension, head coach Mike Tomlin said. Tomlin also said he is [ More ]

Jermaine GreshamJul 24 07:22p

Free-agent TE Jermaine Gresham (Bengals) agreed to a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals Friday, July 24, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Isaiah CrowellJul 24 07:02p

Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson will play a prominent role in Cleveland's offense in his rookie year, but RB Isaiah Crowell is still the favorite to start. Johnson is [ More ]

Benjamin WatsonJul 24 06:22p

New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson is slated to start at tight end over TE Josh Hill, according to Mike Triplett of ESPN.com.

Josh FreemanJul 24 04:52p

Miami Dolphins QB Josh Freeman was released Friday, July 24.

Nate WashingtonJul 24 03:52p

Houston Texans WR Nate Washington is projected to be the No. 2 wide receiver behind WR DeAndre Hopkins and ahead of WR Cecil Shorts, according to Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com.

Kelvin BenjaminJul 24 02:32p

Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin said he is currently at his playing weight a week before training camp begins. Benjamin said he has changed his conditioning and diet in order to stay in shape.

Junior GaletteJul 24 02:32p

New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette was released Friday, July 24, according to a source.

Jabari PriceJul 24 02:22p

Minnesota Vikings CB Jabari Price was suspended two games for violating the personal conduct policy.

Derek WolfeJul 24 01:52p

Denver Broncos DE Derek Wolfe was suspended four games by the NFL for testing positive for a performance enhancing drug. Wolfe said he took a medication he didn't know was banned.

Sean SmithJul 24 10:02a

Kansas City Chiefs CB Sean Smith was suspended three games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Michael HillJul 23 05:42p

Washington Redskins RB Michael Hill was waived Thursday, July 23.

Earl ThomasJul 23 12:32p

Seattle Seahawks FS Earl Thomas (shoulder) isn't expected to be cleared for training camp, and his status is questionable for Week 1.

Letroy GuionJul 23 12:02p

Green Bay Packers DT Letroy Guion has been suspended three games Thursday, July 23, for his Feb. 3 arrest. Guion plans to appeal.

Tom BradyJul 23 11:32a

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady was the subject of a settlement offer from the NFL Players Association to the league last week, but the offer was met with [ More ]

Mike TomlinJul 23 10:22a

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin agreed to an extension Thursday, July 23, through the 2018 season.

Jadeveon ClowneyJul 22 05:12p

Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) looks spectacular, according to a team doctor. Clowney is seven months removed from microfracture surgery on his knee. It was previously reported that [ More ]

Marqise LeeJul 22 04:42p

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (knee) is expected to be ready for training camp, according to wide receivers coach Jerry Sullivan. Sullivan added that Lee will be managed in order to preserve his health.

Sam BradfordJul 22 03:32p

Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford (knee) is expected to be ready to participate once training camp begins. Bradford has been rehabilitating his knee after suffering a second anterior cruciate [ More ]

Tyler EifertJul 22 03:22p

Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert could be primed for a breakout season, in the opinion of Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer.

L. TaliaferroJul 22 01:22p

Baltimore Ravens RB Lorenzo Taliaferro is expected to be pushed by RB Javorius Allen for the No. 2 running back job, but he likely will enter training camp as [ More ]

Jermaine GreshamJul 22 12:32p

Free-agent TE Jermaine Gresham (back) met with the Arizona Cardinals Tuesday, July 21, but the two sides have not agreed to a deal at this point. Gresham underwent back [ More ]

Odell Beckham Jr.Jul 22 12:12p

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) said his hamstring is feeling a lot better than it did earlier this offseason. Beckham missed some of the offseason workouts because of a hamstring problem.

Bishop SankeyJul 22 08:32a

Tennessee Titans RB Bishop Sankey is the odds-on favorite to start in Week 1 because he has a year of experience and a full offseason under his belt.

Justin HunterJul 22 02:02a

Tennessee Titans WR Justin Hunter is expected to take part in training camp when it opens, as the team will let the legal process play out, according to a [ More ]

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group