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By PFW staff

Browns WRs Mohamed Massaquoi and Joshua Cribbs sat out practice Wednesday with concussions sustained in Cleveland's 28-10 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday.

"They are really in the first phase of it, so that's where we're at," head coach Eric Mangini said Wednesday. "It's the same as it's been for all the guys that have gone through this process, so they're in that same stage that the other guys who have had concussions are in. I'd say tomorrow we will know more, and then Friday we'll have a much better sense of where things are."

Massaquoi has undergone evaluation by an independent doctor and was judged to have "no further symptoms," PFW correspondent Tony Grossi, Browns beat writer for The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, wrote on Twitter Wednesday.

The NFL updated its concussion policy last year. Players who have suffered concussions must be evaluated by the team's medical staff and an independent doctor via a series of tests and cannot return to action until cleared by all medical personnel. 

Both players were injured on hits from Steelers ROLB James Harrison, who was fined $75,000 for his hit on Massaquoi.  In both instances, Harrison made contact with the players' helmets.

The way we see it

Cribbs' versatility makes him very important to the Browns. If he can't play, Cribbs would lose their best returner and one of their best receivers and runners to boot. Massaquoi is also a key part of the offense. While he has caught just nine passes for 115 yards and a TD in six starts this season, he has 12 catches of 20 yards or more out of 43 career catches, including a 41-yarder in Week One.

Fantasy Spin

If they play Sunday, Cribbs and Massaquoi will have limited fantasy value. Both have shown big-play potential, but the Browns have a conservative offense and could again start rookie QB Colt McCoy.

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