While the Browns announced earlier today that Josh Cribbs, among others, will be game-time decisions for the season opener, The OBR has learned that will not be the case for Cribbs.
He will be suited up and on the field. At least if it's up to him.
A source close to Cribbs tells The OBR that the Pro Bowl return specialist has made "tremendous strides" over the last three days in his recovery from a high ankle sprain, and has told the team of his intentions of playing Sunday. While he would still need clearance from the medical staff -- which likely won't come until game day -- Cribbs is confident he will get the OK to return to action.
Earlier in the week, the source said, Cribbs was concerned about the long-term damage he would suffer should he return too early from the injury. So much so, in fact, that he had all but ruled himself out. The veteran, however, has received assurances that he's to the point where playing will not jeopardize the rest of the season.
"Is he 100%? No, I wouldn't say that," the source told The OBR. "Will he suffer any long-term damage if he comes back Sunday? No, he won't. Not based on what we know.
"If he were endangering himself or hurting the team, he wouldn't be coming back. The only thing holding him back is (medical clearance) from the team doctors. We don't see that as a problem at all. Now, could he wake up Sunday morning and not feel like he does now? I guess anything's possible, but that's very unlikely."