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Afternoon Hits (10/23): Browns to start Jason Campbell

Taking a quick look around the league for stories of interest in the NFL, the division and the Cincinnati Bengals.

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The Cleveland Browns apparently have had enough of the Brandon Weeden experience when head coach Rob Chudzinksi announced that veteran quarterback Jason Campbell will start this weekend against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Campbell becomes Cleveland's third starting quarterback this year, following Weeden (0-4 as a starting quarterback this year) and Brian Hoyer (3-0 as the starting quarterback), who suffered an ACL tear against the Buffalo Bills on Thursday Night Football earlier this month. Campbell is also the 20th starting quarterback since 1999.

Also, according to this post at Dawgs by Nature, there are three teams contacting Cleveland to complete a trade for wide receiver Josh Gordon with two having already submitted offers, per Adam Schefter.

The Houston Texans worked out former Bengals quarterback John Skelton on Tuesday and the Baltimore Ravens worked out former Arizona Cardinals running back Beanie Wells.


Cincinnati's television market ranked eighth, among teams tuning into their respective home teams, in the NFL with a 34.8 rating and 59 household share tuning into the Bengals and Lions. Obviously it was the highest rated show in the area, but the eighth-biggest market in the NFL?

It was better than Boston (Patriots/Jets), Chicago (Bears/Redskins), and Houston (Texans/Chiefs). And the top two markets were Denver and Indianapolis for the game that featured Jacob Tamme's return to Indianapolis.


Richard Sherman on concussions and safety in the NFL
I got my only concussion as a pro in my first NFL start. In the eighth week of the 2011 season, I was a rookie with a chance to step into the starting lineup at cornerback for a home game against the Bengals.

Ravens offense in search of an identity
Joe Flacco's on pace to throw over 4,000 yards but hasn't looked like the player the team can turn to when things have gone awry.

NFL rule changes should be looked at as saving, not ruining, football
They trumpeted it as a “settlement,’’ but of course the $765 million in restitution that the NFL has agreed to pay to former players to make those concussion-related lawsuits go away didn’t really settle everything.

Ravens run defense not living up to preseason hype
The Ravens are allowing an average of 104.3 yards per game on the ground.

Steelers Film Room: Bell and DeCastro Revive the run game
Pittsburgh showed a different mentality in the second half of their week 6 win against the Jets. They chose to run the ball against a Jets defense that had shut them out in the first half.

Former Steelers wide receiver Ray Matthews missing
One of the most prolific receivers in team history now suffers from dementia, and hasn't been seen since Tuesday afternoon.

NFL helmets play central role in helping make football safer
The question proved to be something of a brainteaser: Do you wear the helmet with the most modern technology? During The MMQB’s NFL training camp tour this summer, we asked this of a handful of players.