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After Campbell concussion, Browns in favor of replay system where hits to helmet reviewed

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell is taken to the locker room after being injured in the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) (The Associated Press)

Browns Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas favors an instant-replay system in which hits to the helmet are reviewed by officials.

In last week's loss to Pittsburgh, Browns quarterback Jason Campbell sustained a concussion in the third quarter after he was knocked down by Pittsburgh cornerback William Gay, who struck the QB with a glancing blow to the face mask. Campbell crumpled to the turf and banged his head on the hard ground.

Not only was Gay not penalized, he caused a fumble that was returned 49 yards, setting up a touchdown that gave Pittsburgh a 20-3 lead.

Thomas said replay officials in the press box should be able to review those plays and give them "the same kind of scrutiny that a scoring play or a turnover play has."

Campbell is following the NFL's protocol on head injuries and not playing Sunday.

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