COMMENTARY | The Cleveland Browns started their bye week with multiple injury concerns. The team got some good news on what is its most recent Victory Monday.
Head coach Rob Chudzinski told reporters during his Monday press conference that the injuries suffered by quarterback Jason Campbell and wide receiver Greg Little in Cleveland's 24-18 victory over the Baltimore Ravens were not serious, and that both players could take the practice field on Tuesday. Campbell, who left the field in the first half but ultimately returned to lead the Browns to a statement win, has bruised ribs. Little has a sprained shoulder.
Both men were vital in Cleveland's latest result that has the team within just two games of the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North standings. Campbell, a veteran QB believed to be in the twilight of what has largely been a lackluster NFL career, has been a man reborn in his two starts with the Browns. Campbell completed 23 of 35 pass attempts against the defending Super Bowl champions, and he also threw for 262 yards and three touchdowns.
Campbell, most importantly, didn't give the ball away.
Little was enjoying the best day of his professional career when he injured his shoulder in the fourth quarter. He finished the game with seven receptions and 122 receiving yards. He was targeted a total of nine times, more so than was any other Cleveland player.
What stood out was Little being the WR he was advertised to be, maybe for the first time since he was drafted by the Browns back in 2011. He out-fought defenders and went to the ball rather than waiting for it to land in his chest. He ran tight routes. He was aggressive.
He grabbed and held onto the football.
Cleveland is responsible for the best overall defense in the AFC North. That has been true since the start of September. Now, with Campbell running the show and players such as Little producing, the Browns also have an offense that can put over 20 points on the scoreboard against any opponent.
Campbell is, at the very least, matching the play of Brian Hoyer, who revitalized the Cleveland offense after the below-average Brandon Weeden sprained his thumb in Week 2. Josh Gordon is a real play-maker who can stretch the field and who also attracts double-coverage. Jordan Cameron could be an All-Pro tight end. Davone Bess recovered from an awful game against the Kansas City Chiefs, twice finding the end zone against Baltimore. Little will ideally only move forward from his performance on Sunday.
Could these Browns really achieve something special over the next two months?
Zac has been following Cleveland sports since a little before his birth, and thus his heart breaks a little more with every year. He has been covering the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants and the NFL for Yahoo Sports since 2010.
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