December 6, 2013

Browns QB Campbell to start against Patriots

After sitting out one game with a concussion, he will start on Sunday when the Browns visit the New England Patriots.

By Tom Withers
The Associated Press

BEREA, Ohio — Jason Campbell’s headaches are gone, and for the moment so are Cleveland’s pains at quarterback.

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell passes against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a game on Nov. 24, 2013, in Cleveland. Campbell suffered a concussion during the game when he was blasted in the face mask by blitzing Pittsburgh cornerback William Gay.

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Campbell has been cleared to play after sitting out one game with a concussion and will start on Sunday when the Browns visit the New England Patriots.

Campbell practiced for the second day in a row Friday, and after the workout said he’s ready to resume what has been a “rollercoaster season” for him and his teammates.

“I feel great,” said Campbell, who was injured on Nov. 24 on a blindside hit by Pittsburgh cornerback William Gay.

Campbell said he suffered the second concussion of his NFL career when he was blasted in the face mask by a blitzing Gay. Campbell doesn’t believe Gay’s hit was a “cheap” shot and that he was trying to duck out of the way when he was struck.

Gay was not penalized on what turned out to be a game-swinging play, but he was fined $15,750 last week by the league for unnecessarily delivering a “forcible blow to his opponent’s head and neck area.”

Campbell missed last week’s game against Jacksonville and was cleared to practice for the first time since the injury on Thursday. Per the NFL’s protocol on head injuries, Campbell had to get permission from an independent neurologist before he could practice or play.

The Browns’ quarterback situation became more muddled when Brandon Weeden, filling in for Campbell last week, sustained a concussion in the loss to the Jaguars. Weeden is allowed to take part in football activities but not to practice.

With Campbell and Weeden recovering, the Browns signed free agent Caleb Hanie earlier this week. Last week, they signed Alex Tanney off Dallas’ practice squad last week. Hanie started four games for Chicago in 2011. Tanney has never taken a snap in an NFL regular-season game.

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski did not say whether Hanie or Tanney will back up Campbell this week.

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