The Cleveland Browns will not be reaching out to Josh Cribbs to help the team's ailing return game.
Cribbs, a three-time Pro Bowler, played for the Browns from 2005-2012 until he was released by the team. Cribbs recently said that he'd be willing to return to Cleveland, but Pettine said the team hasn't considered bringing back Cribbs.
“Josh’s name hasn’t come up,” coach Mike Pettine told ESPN Cleveland.
On Sunday, Travis Benjamin lost another fumble while fielding punts for the Browns. But Pettine backed Benjamin, saying that the Browns would evaluate their options at returner during practice this week.
“We’ll evaluate it and see where we are,” Pettine said. “He has a pretty good history of being productive in this league. The fact he did catch the two … I know he put the one on the ground, but it didn’t cost us. We’ll go through practice this week and evaluate it.”
Cribbs, who played for the New York Jets last season, has 11 career returns for touchdowns.
The Browns are 4-3 this season after their victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Cleveland hosts the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday before it travels to Cincinnati for a Thursday night game against the Bengals.
- Jack Jorgensen