BEREA - Joshua Cribbs has proven again why he's one of the toughest players in the NFL.
Cribbs was back on the practice field Wednesday, six days after suffering a concussion against the Baltimore Ravens. While a concussion usually means missing at least one game, Cribbs plans to play Sunday against the New York Giants.
"I feel great," Cribbs said after practice. "I've been blessed with a kill switch. I don't believe I had too bad of a concussion. I passed all of my tests with the doctors and the specialists. Everything is okay."
Cribbs was knocked flat on a punt return. As far as he knows he was unconscious.
"Apparently I was," Cribbs said. "I don't remember much about the hit. After I came up I was ready to play again. They had to take my helmet away from me and keep tabs in the locker room so that I wouldn't run back out there. I was ready to play, and I'm ready to play this week."
NOT SO POSITIVE: Cribbs might be required to put in more time at receiver against the Giants because of injuries to Mohamed Massaquoi and Travis Benjamin. Massaquoi didn't practice and could miss a second straight game with a hamstring injury. Benjamin suffered a hamstring injury against the Ravens and also didn't practice.
STREAKY GIANTS: It's rare for a team to lose its first four games and rebound to make the playoffs. The Giants overcame a four-game losing streak to make the playoffs and win the Super Bowl last season, but the streak didn't occur at the beginning of the season. They lost the first four games of the second half of the season after going 6-2 in the first half.
WHO CAN FORGET?: The Browns staged a rare dominant performance in a 35-14 win over the Giants in the last meeting between the teams Oct. 13, 2008. Like this year, the Giants were coming off a Super Bowl win.
NOTHING NEW: Linebacker Scott Fujita had no news to report concerning his visit with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last Friday. Fujita is still pleading his case in regards to the bounty scandal surrounding the New Orleans Saints.
"I have no timeline whatsoever," Fujita said. "You'll probably hear before I do, to tell you the truth."
YOU CAN GO HOME: Running back Trent Richardson returned to Alabama last weekend. He said he wasn't inundated by questions about the Browns' 0-4 start.
"They know it's a work in progress," Richardson said. "When it comes down to it, you're trying to build something here. When I went back everyone was happy to see me. One thing we built down there was a family. Anywhere we go we're going to show each other love."
INJURY REPORT: Strong safety T.J. Ward missed practice with a broken thumb. Others not practicing were defensive back Tashaun Gipson (knee) and tight end Alex Smith (concussion). Players that were limited included Cribbs, linebacker James-Michael Johnson (ribs), defensive end Frostee Rucker (shoulder), safety Ray Ventrone (hand/calf) and safety Usama Young (knee).
Not able to practice for the Giants were cornerback David Bass (hand), receiver Ramses Barden (concussion), defensive tackle Rocky Benard (quad), linebacker Michael Boley (hip), receiver Hakeem Nicks (foot/knee), safety Kenny Phillips (knee), guard Chris Snee (hip) and cornerback Corey Webster (hand).