The Cleveland Browns have now received two good starts out of veteran quarterback Jason Campbell, who continues to show that he is still a legitimate option as a starting quarterback in this league. He isn’t a franchise QB or anything, but he can get the job done and has done just that for two straight weeks. He did enough in Week 8 against the NFL’s best pass defense to put the Browns in a position to upset the Kansas City Chiefs, and he had a whale of a ballgame with three touchdown passes and an average of 7.5 yards per attempt.
Campbell went down with a rib injury in the first quarter, and thank goodness the injury didn’t end up claiming the Browns second, solid veteran starter. Massive Baltimore Ravens DL Haloti Ngata fell on top of Campbell’s back on a bad-luck play, and the ball slammed into his ribs underneath him. He briefly exited the game, and we all saw for the umpteenth time just how awful Brandon Weeden is and how much better of an option Campbell is.
Luckily Campbell was able to re-enter the game following the injury, and he continued to look good despite being in some clear pain. The injury isn’t too severe, though, and Campbell is fully expected to play in the Browns big Week 11 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. He reportedly hopes to play despite the lingering effects of the injury, but now there is an even more positive report regarding Campbell’s status.
According to the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram’s Scott Petrak, Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski expects Jason Campbell will practice tomorrow and simply has bruised ribs. The latter fact comes as no surprise, but it’s interesting to hear that Campbell is healthy enough to make the first practice session of a bye week. In all honesty, I would just give him the week off to rest.