NFL Notebook: Browns' Weeden being treated for concussion
BY Associated Press
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
11/27/12 at 4:07 AM
The Cleveland Browns won't know for a few more days whether rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden will play in Oakland.
The former Oklahoma State signal-caller sustained a concussion in the closing minutes of Sunday's 20-14 win over Pittsburgh, just Cleveland's second victory against its biggest rival in 18 games. Weeden was falling following an incompletion when his head struck the leg of teammate Joe Thomas.
The 29-year-old left the field and received medical attention on the sideline before he was taken to the locker room. He was replaced for two series by backup Colt McCoy, who will start against the Raiders if Weeden isn't cleared.
Browns coach Pat Shurmur said Weeden was at the team's facility on Monday. He is being treated under the NFL's "strict concussion protocol" and his status for Sunday's game remains uncertain.
"We'll go through the process and we'll know way more on Wednesday," said Shurmur, who would not speculate if Weeden will face the Raiders. "I'm not making any predictions at this point."
It's not known if Weeden sustained a serious head injury. He didn't appear to take a hard hit, but that's not always a definitive indicator of an injury's severity.
Shurmur knew Weeden wanted to stay in the game and close out the win. Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson said trainers had to hide the QB's helmet so he couldn't re-enter.
NFL won't suspend Suh for low blow: Ndamukong Suh might lose some money for his low blow against Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub.
The Detroit Lions defensive tackle, though, will be able to play Sunday at home against the Indianapolis Colts.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tweeted Monday that the Lions have been notified that Suh won't be suspended for last Thursday's "incident," although it will be reviewed for a potential fine.
Suh was on his chest after being taken down by an offensive lineman and extended his left foot to hit Schaub below the belt. Suh's left cleat connected with Schaub's groin area after he threw a pass in the first quarter of Houston's 34-31 overtime win.
Schaub went to his knees, doubled over in pain, but stayed in the game.
NFL suspends Buccaneers CB Wright: Tampa Bay's porous secondary took another hit Monday when cornerback Eric Wright was suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Wright is the second Tampa Bay starter disciplined for using Adderall. Cornerback Aqib Talib was suspended Oct. 13 for four games and subsequently traded to the New England Patriots while serving the ban.
"This a result of taking Adderall at the end of July for health issues I was experiencing," the sixth-year pro said in a statement issued through his agent.
The 27-year-old started the first 10 games of the season before sitting out Sunday's loss to Atlanta because of an Achilles tendon injury.
Cardinals stick with QB Lindley: The Arizona Cardinals are sticking with rookie Ryan Lindley at quarterback, at least until Kevin Kolb is healthy enough to play.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt said that while Lindley had three bad throws that resulted in interceptions, two of them returned for touchdowns, in his first NFL start on Sunday, the rookie did have other times when he was effective in the loss to the St. Louis Rams.
Jets' Ryan thinks Tebow will be ready to play: Rex Ryan anticipates Tim Tebow will be "ready to go" in the New York Jets' next game against the Arizona Cardinals in spite of the backup quarterback's two broken ribs.
The Jets coach said Monday that the team will see how Tebow does during the week.
Tebow was in uniform but didn't play Thursday night in the Jets' 49-19 loss to the New England Patriots, with Ryan saying he could have played but would have been used only in an emergency. Tebow revealed after the game that he was injured two weeks ago at Seattle.
The status of Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden is uncertain after he sustained a concussion on Sunday. RON SCHWANE / Associated Press