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"A lot of us players have small kids at home," Cribbs said. "I have a 4-month-old and coach has kids. So he's just protecting our families; we don't want to bring these diseases home. Coach is a family man and thinks of family first. We just want to make sure that when guys feel sick they take care of it and take care of themselves so they can be ready to go on Sunday."
Cribbs didn't get a flu shot.
"I feel like I've got a good immune system," he said. "I've been working out real hard, building my endorphins. Not that other guys don't. But I'm healthy. I'm good to go."
Last week, the Cleveland Cavaliers were hit hard by severe cases of the flu. LeBron James was among six players who missed practices or exhibitions games with Influenza A. The NBA team treated its players for H1N1 virus before knowing test results.
The Browns consulted with both the Cavaliers and Indians on how to deal with the high volume of flu cases.
Linebacker David Bowens said he wasn't too concerned about so many teammates being out.
"Today, no. Sunday, yes," he said. "It's a cause of concern, especially when guys have to be here to get the installation, get what we're supposed to do this week. It kind of sucks really, because guys are missing a lot of information because they're out."
Bowens isn't worried about catching the flu.
"All I can do is do all the preventive steps, washing my hands and all that stuff that goes along with going to kindergarten class," he said.
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