PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 8: James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers tackles Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns during the game on December 8, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers won 14-3. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Colt McCoy's Season Is Likely Over For The Browns

Colt McCoy is unlikely to play in Week 17. McCoy suffered a concussion in Week 14 and hasn't played since.

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Colt McCoy's Concussion Likely To Cost Him Another Game

For the second week in a row, Colt McCoy is unlikely to start for the Cleveland Browns due to a concussion. McCoy suffered the concussion in Week 14, after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from James Harrison. Harrison was suspended for the hit, but he'll be back on the field before McCoy is. The Browns' starting QB missed Week 15's loss to the Arizona Cardinals and is expected to miss the Week 16 game against the Baltimore Ravens.

The Ravens, who are in a race for the AFC North crown and the top seed in the AFC, will probably be happy to see Seneca Wallace instead of McCoy. On twitter, AP reporter Tom Withers said that McCoy was sent home from practice for his concussion-like symptoms. Withers also quoted Browns coach Pat Shumur as saying, regarding Wallace, "More than likely he'll be the starter, for sure."

For more on McCoy and the Browns, head over to Cleveland Browns blog Dawgs By Nature.


Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur Defends Decision On Colt McCoy; League Will Get Involved

Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur acknowledged that quarterback Colt McCoy likely has a concussion at his Friday press conference. Shurmur also defended the team’s decision to send McCoy back into the game after suffering a vicious hit from Steelers linebacker James Harrison, according to Mary Kay Cabbot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

According to Shurmur, the Browns did their due diligence to determine whether or not McCoy was showing the signs of a concussion after the hit. Shurmur said that McCoy did not have symptoms and was cleared to return by Cleveland’s training staff. Shurmur’s quotes as reported by Fox Sports Ohio:

We go through the strict protocol to evaluate whether there are concussion-like symptoms.

If he would have shown symptoms of a concussion then I wouldn’t have put him back in the game. It would have been out of my hands anyways because I would have been told he can’t go back in the game.

The quarterback did not exhibit any signs of a concussion until after the game, according to Shurmur, hence the request that reporters not shine their lights on McCoy during his post-game press availability.

It’s a dicey situation for the Browns. The team came under fire following the game from Colt McCoy’s father, Brad. He criticized the team’s handling of the situation, noting that McCoy had signs of a concussion following the hit.

Shurmur expressed empathy for Brad McCoy’s concerns and said that he would be reaching out to his quarterback’s father.

League spokesman Greg Aiello said today that the NFL would be looking into the matter, according to Tony Grossi of the Plain Dealer. The NFL will “discuss it with the team,” per Aiello.

With an angry parent and a league sensitive to how concussions are handled, the matter is unlikely to just fade into the background for the Browns.

Many throughout the league were already questioning whether or not McCoy is the answer at quarterback in Cleveland. This incident and a deep quarterback class in the 2012 NFL Draft should only add fuel to the debate.

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