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Campbell continues to be evaluated

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell suffered a concussion in Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and is being evaluated under the league’s concussion protocol.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell was knocked out of Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a concussion with more than seven minutes to play in the third quarter of the 27-11 loss at FirstEnergy Stadium.

And according to coach Rob Chudzinski, Campbell will continue to go through the NFL’s concussion protocol “before he’s cleared to play.”

“He came over this morning, and he’s gone home since,” Chudzinski said of Campbell. “I think he was okay, felt okay.”

Chudzinski said the Browns will “look at all those options,” including signing a free-agent quarterback to add depth behind Campbell and second-year single-caller Brandon Weeden.

Weeden relieved Campbell Sunday and completed 13 of 30 attempts for 209 yards with one touchdown and an interception that Steelers defensive back William Gay returned 21 yards for a score in the fourth quarter.

“He’s done some good things this season,” Chudzinski said of Weeden. “He was our second-team quarterback. We’ll see what we need to do this week. Chances are he’ll start this week. Later on in the week, we’ll make the determination and see where Jason’s at.

“Whoever it is at the quarterback position is going to prepare and play. I feel confident every time we go into a game in all the guys on our team, regardless of position. Regardless of how experienced or inexperienced they are, they’re putting on the Cleveland Browns uniform, and I believe in them.”

One of those good things Weeden has done this season included a fourth-quarter drive that was punctuated by a one-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Josh Gordon with 3:33 to play against the Steelers.

“We were able to score and he led us down there and got a touchdown on the drive,” Chudzinski said. “I think that was big, going into next week, being able to do that. The team kept fighting there at the end and was able to get the ball in the end zone, and he led that drive.

“He’s a Cleveland Brown and we need him to win, to help us win. That’s how the team feels about it.”

Regardless of whether Campbell or Weeden make the start for the Browns in Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at FirstEnergy Stadium, Chudzinski said he knows pass protection has to improve.

Over the last three games, all of which have been played against AFC North Division foes, the Browns have allowed 12 sacks for 59 lost yards.

“Some of that in the last two games has been the position that we’re in, throwing a lot at the end of games, either not being a threat to run and being one-dimensional or having to play catch-up,” Chudzinski said. “As I look at the season, I think we’ve made strides in the protection area. Yesterday, there were some physical breakdowns and some identification breakdowns that we have to get corrected. We have to protect our quarterbacks and have to keep our quarterbacks upright and healthy.”

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