BEREA - Joshua Cribbs regrets having sent out profane tweets after the Browns lost to the Denver Broncos last Sunday, but he has no plan to stop using social media.
Cribbs sent out an anger-filled tweet in response to numerous tweets from fans that were critical of him for fumbling a punt. He was admittedly upset at the time because of the fumble and the loss.
"I've been playing long enough to know when I make mistakes," Cribbs said. "I was trying to make a play. I should have fair-caught the ball. I had a lot of frustrations, and I had to take that to heart. I didn't need a whole lot of people telling me something."
Cribbs is playing with the realization that this could be his final season with the Browns. He's in the final year of a three-year extension and there's been no talk of a new deal.
Factor in a bad experience in Denver, and Cribbs reacted strongly.
"People say what they're feeling in the moment," Cribbs said. "A lot of people might say you stink in one breath and then the next breath 'you're the man; love you.' I know that, but if you hit me at the right time and press my buttons the right way, I might say some things I'm going to regret."
WISE CHOICE: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger thinks that former Colts interim head coach Bruce Arians would make a good coach. Arians, who's been rumored to many expected openings, took over in Indianapolis after Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with a form of leukemia. Pagano returned to the team this week after completing extensive treatment.
"You see what he can do with offenses," Roethlisberger said. "You see what he's done with the Colts, who - no disrespect to them - have a lot of guys that people have never heard of. They're playing with a lot of motivation for coach Pagano.
"He (Arians) knows how to motivate guys. They want to play for him. He's a players' coach. He listens to what the assistant coaches and players have to say. He's not an ego guy. I think all those intangibles will make him a good coach."
DIDN'T KNOW THAT: Roethlisberger wasn't aware that the Browns last swept the Steelers in 1988. The Browns prevailed in Pittsburgh, 23-9, and later that season at home, 27-7.
Mike Pagel started at quarterback in the first game in relief of the injured Bernie Kosar and Gary Danielson. Kosar was back in time to start the second game. The Steelers quarterback was Bubby Brister.
"I hadn't heard that, yet," Roethlisberger said. "The motivation is the AFC North. We always want to win those games. Losing to Cleveland in Cleveland, we know we have to put our best foot forward and try to play our best football because they're a good football team."
FOURTH CAPTAIN: Defensive end Jabaal Sheard has been selected as the fourth captain for Sunday's game. The second-year veteran has 48 tackles and five sacks.
INJURY REPORT: Safety Usama Young (thumb) and receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (knee) have been placed on the injured-reserve list. They've been replaced by quarterback Josh Johnson and defensive back Jordan Mabin.
Not practicing Wednesday were cornerback Sheldon Brown (concussion), tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion), running back Trent Richardson (ankle), quarterback Colt McCoy (shoulder) and quarterback Brandon Weeden (shoulder).
Not able to practice for the Steelers were cornerback Curtis Brown (ankle), cornerback Keenan Lewis (knee), safety Troy Polamalu (non-injury) and receiver Mike Wallace (hip).