The worst fears for the Cleveland Browns may have come true. Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden was swung into the thigh of Joe Thomas and suffered a concussion. After the play, Weeden stayed on ground and appeared woozy. All signs point to Weeden being fine and he is listed as day to day. For now, the Browns are in a holding pattern with him.
“Weeden is going through a strict concussion protocol and I’ll know way more on Wednesday,” head coach Pat Shurmur said today at a recent press conference.
Weeden’s season has been full of ups and downs. A case could be made for him either way. While the Browns’ rookie quarterback is surrounded by many rookie and first year players, his pocket presence and internal clock is not quite there. Weeden has an average of just over six yards a completion. Shurmur’s poor excuse of the west coast offense could be partially to blame for this. The Browns’ gunslinging quarterback has now thrown 13 interceptions on the season, including three pick sixes. However, the rookie has had his fair share of positives.
After his performance yesterday, Weeden has 12 touchdown passes to go along with 2,456 yards passing. With five games left in the season, he should easily eclipse the 3,000 yard mark. He would be the first Browns quarterback since Derek Anderson in the 2007 season to do so.
Although his QB rating is worst among all NFL quarterbacks, Weeden’s strong arm keeps Cleveland in games at any time. Now, after 11 games, it is clear that dink and dunk passing is not his thing. Shurmur and Brad Childress need to let him rip the ball and let the young receivers earn their stripes. A veteran receiver is a must for the 2013 campaign.
Only time will tell this week if Weeden is ready to go against the Oakland Raiders. As the NFL’s concussion rules get stricter and stricter, former starter Colt McCoy may get thrown in to the fire to battle the struggling Raiders. Let’s hope that Weeden is ready to go.
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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