The Cleveland Browns had a rough afternoon yesterday, because their loss against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers went beyond the 27-11 scoreline; they also lost starting quarterback Jason Campbell to a concussion. There aren’t any sure-fire updates regarding Campbell’s status for next week’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the initial prognosis isn’t good. In all honesty, it would be a surprise to see Campbell out there next week, as Campbell also picked up another minor rib injury in the loss. Moreover, the concussion looked significant, as Steelers nickel corner William Gay really hit him hard, which culminated Campbell getting carted off the field.
According to the Akron Beacon Journal’s Nate Ulrich, Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski stated that the team will likely end up starting Brandon Weeden next week against the Jaguars, but he was unwilling to rule Campbell out for next week’s game. That’s the only good news to this point regarding Campbell’s status; the fact that he hasn’t been ruled out. I wouldn’t expect a final ruling on Campbell’s status to come until Friday’s official injury report, and it would be a surprise to see it drag out until the weekend; it is extremely unlikely for Campbell- no matter how tough he is- to be cleared for next week’s game.
Weeden is easily one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL, and there are backups in this league who are significantly better than Weeden. He was just 13-30, fumbled, threw a pick-six, and generally looked as awful as usual. Seriously, this guy deserves every boo that he gets from Browns fans, because he has completely flopped on his draft stock and is an inaccurate QB who seems to lack fundamental awareness out there. I mean, how else do you explain an abhorrent 51.5% completion percentage, seven interceptions to just six touchdowns, and an average of six yards per attempt this season? For the sake of good football, we can only hope that Campbell, who is solid, doesn’t miss more than just this week’s game.
With Chad Henne and Brandon Weeden set to be the starters, this upcoming Browns-Jaguars game is just unwatchable. I mean, not even star wideouts Cecil Shorts and Josh Gordon can salvage this one if it comes down to Weeden starting (which will most likely end up being the case).