Browns' Cribbs: A lot of guys don't report concussions

Receiver/return man says players try to hide facts to stay on the field. Terry McCormick

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Cleveland Browns return man/receiver Josh Cribbs put something out in the open that the NFL would probably would have preferred stayed under wraps.

Cribbs told the Canton Repository that football players often hide concussions and don't tell the truth to the team's medical personnel in order to go back into games.

“A lot of guys don’t report concussions,” Cribbs told the paper. “Guys are thinking they’ve got to support their families."

Indeed, as the old saying goes, N-F-L stands for "Not For Long" with the average career lasting less than four years, and with players wanting to maximize their earning power during what time they have to collect a check for playing professional football.

As Cribbs pointed out, players who gain a reputation for being prone to concussions might be writing themselves a ticket right out of the league sooner than they might ordinarily have done. So, some players are willing to make the long-term trade off of being able to fully function later in life for the short-term gains a lucrative NFL paycheck can bring.

Cribbs said the Browns medical staff should not be coming under scrutiny from the league and the NFL Players Association for allowing quarterback Colt McCoy to go back into last Thursday's game against Pittsburgh after a helmet-to-helmet hit from Pittsburgh's James Harrison.

“The Browns have the best training staff, hands down, I’ve ever been around,” Brown said. “It’s crazy that we’re here talking about this nonsense today.”

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