Cleveland Punt Returner Josh Cribbs Was Knocked Out Cold By A Hit From Baltimore Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (Video)
Believe it or not, amidst all the excitement over the return of the real NFL referees last night in Baltimore, they actually played a football game. And it just so happens that there was a very scary moment in the first quarter of that game.
With just over 5 minutes remaining in the opening quarter and the score tied at zero, Cleveland Browns punt returner Josh Cribbs caught a Baltimore punt at his own 25-yard line and started to run it back. However, he was met with a powerful hit from Baltimore linebacker Dannell Ellerbe at the 40 that knocked his helmet off and sent him to the turf, where he remained unconscious and motionless for several minutes.
Fortunately, Cribbs was eventually able to walk off the field on his own power, and the NFL Network’s Alex Flanagan reported that the guy was trying to convince team medical staff that he was fine and could continue playing. However, nobody was having any of that, and they sent him to the locker room and announced he would not return.
As for the hit that knocked Cribbs out, we’ll have to wait and see what the NFL thinks about it. Ellerbe definitely plowed into Cribbs’s head with his shoulder, which is dangerous, but as the commentators point out, it’s not like he was what they call a “defenseless player.”
But don’t just listen to me. Judge the hit for yourself:
Hat Tip – [NFL.com]