I'm having a hard time fully accepting that Cribbs will miss this week's game against Jacksonville, but maybe that's just me trying to be optimistic. Cribbs did not practice Wednesday morning, but Eric Mangini again stated that he hoped to have Cribbs practicing by the end of the week. If Cribbs can't play this Sunday, the team would likely turn to the newly signed Clifton Smith.
Smith played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008 and 2009, serving as the team's primary kick and punt returner. He actually did a great job, making the Pro Bowl one year for the NFC. He averages 27.8 yards per kick return, and 11.8 yards per punt return. Not being without Cribbs isn't necessarily a detriment. When Joe Haden returned kicks last week, teams kicked to him conventionally (as opposed to kicking away from Cribbs) and Haden seemed to have a lot of room to run. Since Smith doubles as punt returner, Chansi Stuckey shouldn't have to worry about that burden.
The Browns also signed CB Eric King in case veteran Sheldon Brown can't play, but right now Brown seems optimistic that he won't miss the game. OG Billy Yates was placed on the IR, and QB Brett Ratliff was waived, to make room for the two roster additions.