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Campbell injured in loss

Posted Nov 24, 2013

Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell suffered what coach Rob Chudzinski described as a concussion in Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Perhaps the biggest loss of all for the Cleveland Browns in Sunday’s 27-11 setback to the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium came in the third quarter when quarterback Jason Campbell suffered what coach Rob Chudzinski described as a concussion after being hit on a cornerback blitz.

Campbell, who had reinjured his ribs earlier in the game, was unable to come back after suffering his second injury of the game.

“Anytime your quarterback goes down, it’s tough,” Chudzinski said. “He actually went down twice in the game, and then, couldn’t come out on that one, but that’s part of football.”

With 7:46 to play in the third quarter, the Browns faced a third-and-seven from Pittsburgh’s 39-yard line. Campbell took a snap from center Alex Mack and dropped back to pass, but as he did, Pittsburgh defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau dialed up a cornerback blitz and William Gay rushed off the blindside.

Gay hit Campbell high, and in doing so, jarred the ball loose. Fellow Pittsburgh defensive back Will Allen returned the fumble 49 yards to set up Ben Roethlisberger’s four-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown, which gave the Steelers a 20-3 lead.

Prior to the injury, Campbell had completed 14 of 22 attempts for 124 yards.

“He did have some success and did some good things in the game,” Chudzinski said of Campbell.

Both times Campbell went down, Brandon Weeden entered the lineup. He finished the day 13 of 30 for 209 yards and one touchdown, a one-yard toss to wide receiver Josh Gordon in the fourth quarter, with one interception.

“Hopefully, Jason’s alright moving forward,” Weeden said. “Hopefully, Jason’s back sooner rather than later.

“We’re all in this thing together, and I think that’s the approach that you have to take. I’m always there for Jason, and he’s always there. It’s a good working relationship. If my number’s called, I’m expected to go out there. Reps or no reps, 20 degrees or 80 degrees, I’m expected to go out there and get the job done. That’s why you’ve got to stay involved and you’ve got to keep preparing like you’re going to play because it’s a funny game. You never know how things are going to shake out.”

With the concussion, Campbell will undergo a battery of tests in line with the NFL’s concussion protocol. Only after passing those tests will he be permitted to resume football activities.

Chudzinski said he expects the Browns to get behind either Campbell or Weeden during the preparation leading up to next week’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at FirstEnergy Stadium.

“Whoever the quarterback is next week, we’ll get him ready to play,” Chudzinski said. “We’ll go out and guys will rally behind him.”

TURNOVERS LEAD TO POINTS

The Browns passed for more yards, 312 to 217, and outgained the Steelers in total yards, 367 to 302, but turned the ball over four times in the setback. The Steelers turned those four turnovers -- one interception and three fumbles -- into 17 points.

“When you’ve got injuries like that, back-to-back, with the quarterback and things going wrong with turnovers, it’s hard to get going,” Gordon said. “There’s things you’ve got to fight through and we couldn’t pull it through quick enough to get back on top. That was our problem today.”

MISSED CHANCES

Following the loss to the Steelers, Chudzinski said he felt the team did not take advantage of the chances they had to either take a lead in the first quarter or get themselves back in the contest during the second half.

“I felt like there were some key times where we had some opportunities with good field position and just weren’t able to capitalize on them in the first half,” Chudzinski said. “We had opportunities. We let them slip through our fingers.”

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