The Cleveland Browns need Jason Campbell to be healthy, and this statement has never been stronger than it is this week. Brandon Weeden looked, well, awful in yesterday’s “ugh” loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, and he was concussed in that game to make matters worse. If neither Weeden nor Campbell can play in next week’s game against the New England Patriots, then things could get awfully ugly for the Browns with Alex Tanney at quarterback. Tanney is as uncertain as it gets at QB, and it’s obvious that Campbell is infinitely better than the other quarterbacks on the Browns 53-man roster.
The Akron Beacon Journal’s Nate Ulrich reports the good news that Jason Campbell has been cleared for activity following last week’s concussion to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the bad news is that Campbell still hasn’t been cleared for practice. He needs to be cleared to practice before Wednesday in order for things to run smoothly, because not passing the concussion tests by then would put the Browns in a precarious position (more like an outright mess, honestly) at QB.
It’s incredible watching Josh Gordon play, because you realize just how important he is to the Browns offense. Man, to think he’s a second-year guy regularly burning defenses for hundreds of yards through the air, and back-to-back 200-yard games etches his name in to the annals of NFL and Browns lore. Hopefully Campbell can play this week, and I remain optimistic in thinking that he is likely to play. But at this point, his status is totally a guess until he’s cleared to practice by the team.