September 1, 2014

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Browns WR Joshua Cribbs practices less than week after sustaining concussion

BEREA – Browns receiver Joshua Cribbs was back practicing today, less than a week after sustaining a concussion during the 23-16 loss to the Ravens on Thursday night.

Cribbs was knocked out on his feet by a hit from Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe on a punt return in the first quarter. Ellerbe’s shoulder got Cribbs in the helmet.

Cribbs’ helmet popped off, and his head banged against the turf at M&T Bank Stadium. After lying still for minutes, he woke up, sat up and walked off the field.

Cribbs was one of four healthy receivers Wednesday as the Browns prepared for the Giants. Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring) and Travis Benjamin (undisclosed) didn’t practice.

Cribbs was joined by Greg Little, Josh Gordon and Jordan Norwood. Cribbs got a bunch of repetitions during receiver and passing drills and earned praise from the coaches.

“There it is, there it is. Perfect,” coach Pat Shurmur said after a hook route for a completion.

The Browns were also thin at safety.

Starting strong safety T.J. Ward (broken hand) and backup free safety Tashaun Gipson (knee) didn’t practice. Usama Young, who injured his knee against the Ravens, participated during the 20 minutes open to the media.

If Ward can’t play, Young would likely move from free safety to strong safety. Eric Hagg would then resume his spot at free safety. Hagg started the first two games before being benched for the last two.

Cribbs suffered a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit from Steelers linebacker James Harrison in 2010 but didn’t miss a game.

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