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BEREA, Ohio -- Kickoffs have defined Josh Cribbs career in the NFL, and made him an invaluable weapon for the Cleveland Browns. So the thought of the league abolishing the exciting play irritates the return specialist. "They need to call it a different league if they do that," Cribbs said. "Itll change the game drastically." Earlier this week, Commissioner Roger Goodell said the leagues competition committee will consider eliminating kickoffs in the off-season. In an effort to reduce head injuries and protect players, the league previously moved the kickoff from the 30 to 35-yard line to cut down on violent collisions. Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano has suggested that instead of kickoffs, teams would have the option of punting from the 30-yard line and going for a first down in a fourth-and-15 situation. While he coached at Rutgers, Schiano witnessed one of his players, Eric LeGrand, get paralyzed on a kickoff in 2010. Goodell has called Schianos idea "interesting." Browns kicker Phil Dawson believes its illogical. "Im all for player safety," said Dawson, in his 14th season with Cleveland. "I do think the NFL has done a good job in the past -- like with the wedge rule. This suggestion doesnt add up. It doesnt address what they say the dangers are because punts are just as violent. There arent going to be any touchbacks. How many times have you seen a punt returner waiting for the ball to come down and the gunner just kills him? "It doesnt make sense to me." Cribbs, who shares the league record (8) for kickoff return touchdowns with Seattles Leon Washington, cant envision the game he has played since he was a kid not having kickoffs. "I couldnt ever see that," said Cribbs, sixth on the career kickoff yardage list. "Thats like taking the goal post out of the stadium, taking the whole post and uprooting it. Only play offence and defence, just like intramurals. Then play indoors and put flags in our pants." Dawson believes recent rules changes like banning the blocking wedge, moving the kickoff up five yards and limiting the number of players that can line up on one side of the ball for an onside kick, have lessened the number of violent collisions in games. However, there are plenty of other plays when hard hits are common. He cited punts as a prime example. "When the ball is 50 yards down the field, guys are running full speed and you get a lot of cross blocks and guys getting knocked out," Dawson said. "I still wouldnt say its any more dangerous than any other play. I watch wide receivers get concussions each and every week in the NFL, yet were going to pick on kickoffs? That doesnt add up to me." Dawson said taking away the kickoff -- and its only a suggestion at this point -- would also remove other elements that help make pro football special. "There is so much scheming, personnel matchups, strategy that goes into each and every kickoff that people will never understand," he said. "All they see is a guy run and kick the ball. But theres a lot that goes into it and it would be a shame to see that much thought be removed from the game. "And hey, Im probably someone who would benefit from this rule, so I dont have a vested interest. Im known as a field-goal guy, so if anything it would help me, so Im not saying this because Im mad, Im a kicker and Im going to lose. I dont think this suggestion makes sense." The argument that taking away kickoffs would cost players jobs isnt a sound one, Dawson said. Most teams use the same players to cover punts and kickoffs and only two teams have kickoff specialists. For both Cribbs and Dawson, the kickoff is as much a part of pro football as the handoff or forward pass. It is engrained in the sports deepest roots. "From when I was a little kid I dreamed about having the opening kickoff in the Super Bowl and all the flashbulbs go off," he said. "I want to be that guy. Theres so much that can be accomplished on that play for both sides. To think a guy like Josh Cribbs wouldnt have the opportunity to have the career hes had because of all the excitement hes brought the game. "I can remember Desmond Howard returning a kick for a touchdown in the Super Bowl and what a game-changing play that was." Cribbs also applauds the NFLs efforts to make the game safer, but thinks its becoming too muted. Stripping away the kickoff would make things worse. "Its getting to be too much of an entertainment business instead of a sport," he said. "I know its a sport and entertainment and theres a lot of revenue involved, but itd be straight entertainment and no sports. We wont even be on NFL Network, well be on MTV. "Itd be a made-up sport." ------ NOTES: Browns P Reggie Hodges was named the clubs Ed Block Courage Award winner, given to the player who exemplifies courage, compassion, commitment and community service. Hodges came back after sustaining a season-ending Achilles injury in 2011. He went on a mission to Jamaica during the off-season, bringing shoes and supplies to underprivileged children. "Hes a great locker room guy and a great guy in the community," Dawson of his teammate. "He certainly deserves that award." ... The Browns did not have a single player listed as "questionable," "doubtful" or "out" on their injury report. They had 10 players listed as "probable." Andre Durie Jersey . The talented wide receiver was arrested Monday after being accused of attacking his mother during an argument, hitting her arms and face. B... Whitaker Jersey . So much for an NFC title game hangover. Smith tossed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Brett Swain on the opening possession, backup Colin Kaepernick ran 78 yards for a score on the next and the 49ers breezed past the Minnesota Vikings 17-6 Friday night in the preseason opener for both teams. http://... . Despite being knocked out of the Bowl in the semi-finals, there were countless positives for Geraint John to take from the Gold Coast leg. A dominant performance against Portugal in the last-eight saw the Canucks carry on their impressive late afternoon form of yesterday while they pushed England all the way in a classic semi. [url=]Hamilton Tiger-Cats Jersey . -- Tyvon Branch received the long-term deal he wanted and the Oakland Raiders got some financial flexibility in the process. Je... Johnson Jersey . With Christian Ponder and the rest of the Vikings providing the necessary balance this time, Peterson padded his NFL rushing lead and put that supposedly devastating injury even further in the past. PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Russell Henley won the Jacksonville Open on Sunday for his second Tour victory of the year, beating B.J. Staten with a par on the first hole of a playoff. Henley birdied the final hole of regulation for a 5-under 65 to match Staten at 10-under 270 on Dyes Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass. Staten finished with a 68, then had a double bogey on the playoff hole. Henley had five birdies in a front-nine 30, but opened the back nine with seven straight pars before bogeying the 17th to drop a stroke behind Staten. "I pretty much went into 18 thinking I have to make birdie," Henley said. Henley hit his approach to 15 feet and made the putt to get back to 10 under. "I remember I was reading something about Jack Nicklaus in a magazine about making pressure putts," Henley said. "It said to believe in your line and make a confident stroke and I did that right there. I just tried to put a confident stroke on it, had the right read, and it was really cool seeing it go in." Henley earned $108,000 to jump from ninth to third on the money list with $365,366. The tournament was the final full-field event of the year. The top 60 on the money list quaalified for the season-ending Web.ddddddddddddcom Tour Championship next week in McKinney, Texas. The final top 25 will earn 2013 PGA Tour cards. Henley also won the Chiquita Classic last month in North Carolina, beating Patrick Cantlay and Morgan Hoffmann with a par on the first hole of a playoff. Last year while still a student at Georgia, Henley won the tours Stadion Classic on his college course. "Honestly, Im just happy to be competing," said about his two playoff victories. "I wish I was still out there playing," the 23-year-old said. "I enjoy competing more than I do getting done and looking back on it. I just love feeling nervous, feeling the pressure and having to hit shots and I think thats helped me out." Staten earned a spot in the finale, making $64,800 to go from 69th to 32nd on the money list with $141,521. Ben Martin shot a 68 to finish third at 8 under. He jumped from 94th to 60th on the money list. 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