Josh Cribbs promises to jump in Dawg Pound on Sunday

It may not be a Lambeau Leap, but Josh Cribbs plans to make a similar splash in Cleveland.

This time as the opponent.

“If I had the opportunity to score, I would jump in the Dawg Pound to hug those guys who helped create me and helped give me the strength and the motivation to become what I am today,” the Colts return man said, per the Akron Beacon Journal.

If he does find himself in the Pound on Sunday — a possibility given the Browns’ leaky special teams unit — Cribbs expects a warm welcome from the fans he dazzled for nearly a decade.

“It definitely won’t be the case when [the Bengals’] Chad Ochocinco tried to jump in the stands having no personal ties in Cleveland. I’ve only gotten positive feedback from the fans happy to see me back at it. They know I tried to play for the Browns.”

Cribbs, signed off the street last month, has re-energized Indianapolis’ unit. In two games, he’s averaged 31.4 yards per return and had an 82-yard touchdown nullified by penalty. He’ll look to get redemption against the team that gave up on him two years ago — the same team that’s desperately fighting for its playoff lives.

Even if it means plunging into the unknown.

“Josh spent a lot of time in that Dawg Pound. I don’t know what kind of reception he’ll get. For me personally, I wouldn’t go down that route,” said Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, who spent his first eight seasons with the Browns.

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