Multiple reports are swirling regarding the potential failed physical of wide receiver/kick returner Josh Cribbs who was slated to sign with the Arizona Cardinals.
ESPN Cleveland’s Will Burge published a sourced report that stated the long-time Cleveland Browns fan favorite had failed his phyisical due to a knee scope which he underwent earlier this offseason.
Shortly thereafter, Cribbs’ agent JR Rickert told USA Today — later reported by The Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot — that the player did not fail the physical, but that the Cardinals prefer to wait until he has fully recovered from off-season surgery on the meniscus cartilage in one of his knees. It will be at this point when he will be given another physical. The USA Today report adds that it is unclear if the Cardinals agree with Rickert’s assessment of the situation and whether they’ll now look for another free-agent returner to add.
In eight seasons in Cleveland, Cribbs was named All Pro twice, having provided one of the best all-around special teams efforts throughout the entire NFL. Cribbs’ eight career kickoff return touchdowns remains tops in the league record books, tied with Leon Washington. He has two career games where he amassed at least 300 all-purpose yards.
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