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Monday, November 4, 2013
Injuries to Campbell, Little not serious

By Pat McManamon

The Cleveland Browns got good news on the injury front the day after their 24-18 win over the Baltimore Ravens.

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X-rays were negative on quarterback Jason Campbell. He has bruised ribs and may be able to practice during this bye week, coach Rob Chudzinski said.

Wide receiver Greg Little has a sprained shoulder and is listed as day-to-day.

Both injuries looked like they could have easily been worse. But both could be on the practice field Tuesday when the Browns return.

Chudzinski spoke very highly on a conference call about what Campbell has brought to the Browns in his two starts.

“I’m very happy that he’s OK, and he played really well,” Chudzinski said. “I think that you just look again at what he was able to do moving around and being able to extend plays, creating plays. Fourth downs, he was huge on; those were great throws and great plays he made. And Davone [Bess] made both in critical, critical situations.

“You saw the leadership standpoint, the calmness out there, the ability on the final drive to make plays and extend that drive when that was crunch time and that was a critical point in the game. His presence with our younger guys, what he’s doing is really giving us a lift.”

More than once Chudzinski used the word “calmness” referring to Campbell, and it’s appropriate. Campbell exudes a placid feeling that is very unusual for a quarterback. He’s comfortable with who he is, but he competes to the point that he would not leave the game despite being in serious pain.

“Based on him grimacing and knowing it was bothering him, seeing him out there and continuing to push through it -- I know he’s tough,” Chudzinski said. “Talking and looking at him, there was no way he was going to come out of that game and miss out for his teammates.”

Little was having his best game as a Brown, with seven catches for 122 yards, before he hurt his shoulder in the fourth quarter. Little’s aggressiveness going after the ball led to his success. He looked like the guy who was described when Tom Heckert drafted him -- a big, strong guy who could go get the ball and run after the catch.

“That’s something that we talk about,” Chudzinski said. “When the ball is in the air, attacking the football and being strong to the ball. That’s the way he played.”