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Weeden suffers concussion in loss

Posted Dec 1, 2013

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden was diagnosed with a concussion following Sunday’s loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden started Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars because of a concussion Jason Campbell suffered in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last week.

As fate would have it, that also was the injury Weeden wound up suffering during the Browns’ 32-28 loss to the Jaguars at FirstEnergy Stadium.

After the game, a team spokesman said Weeden reported symptoms of a concussion, which was later confirmed through an evaluation by the Browns’ medical staff.

Weeden, who was unavailable for comment per the NFL’s concussion protocol, completed 24 of 40 attempts for a career-best 370 yards and three touchdowns against two interceptions. He carried a 94.8 quarterback rating, despite being sacked three times for 28 lost yards and three turnovers.

“Brandon does a great job for us,” second-year Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon said. “For as much as he gets knocked around, he still pushes through everything, hasn’t complained, never looked down, through the boos and everything. I look up to him.”

Coach Rob Chudzinski called Sunday’s loss to the Jaguars a “disappointing, difficult loss,” but anticipates the team will respond as it has previously, whether Weeden is healthy enough to play against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium next Sunday or the Browns have to make their fifth starting quarterback change in 13 games this season.

“We will stick together as this team has done,” Chudzinski said. “They’re professionals, and they won’t give up. They didn’t give up today. I’m fully committed to getting this thing turned and finishing our last four games and getting this thing right on track.”

TOUGH STRETCH

The Browns held a 14-7 lead over the Jaguars with 12:03 to play in the second quarter, and kept the seven-point advantage until Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew tossed an eight-yard touchdown pass to tight end Marcedes Lewis with 1:24 remaining in the half.

That touchdown set in motion a Jaguars scoring binge that turned a seven-point Browns lead into a six-point Jacksonville advantage at the half.

After Jones-Drew’s touchdown pass, which was set up by Weeden’s first of two interceptions, the Jaguars again intercepted Weeden and turned that turnover into a 44-yard Josh Scobee field goal.

On the ensuing drive, Weeden was stripped of the football on a sack, and with five seconds left before halftime, Scobee booted a 36-yard field goal to complete a 13-point swing in the last two minutes of the second quarter.

“It was critical in the course of the game,” Chudzinski said. “It was huge, and a huge momentum swing going into the half. Multiple turnovers occurred, and (we) can’t have it. They were able to get 13 points in a short amount of time, and it really changed the complexion of the game.”

MORE POINTS OFF TURNOVERS

With 7:47 left in the fourth quarter, the Browns faced a first-and-10 from their own 14-yard line. Center Alex Mack snapped the ball over the head of Weeden, who then kicked the ball out of the end zone, which resulted in a safety.

The Browns then kicked off, and seven plays later, the Jaguars extended their lead to four points with a 25-yard field goal from Scobee.

“It was just a bad snap over his head,” and a lot of times, you don’t know where the defenders are coming from,” Chudzinski said. “Taking a safety is what you would do in that case, with the ball rolling around back there in the end zone.”

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