Holmgren: Browns didn't administer concussion test until after game

Posted Dec. 14, 2011 @ 2:07 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Browns' trainers and doctors were attending to other injured players and didn't see the helmet-to-helmet hit QB Colt McCoy sustained from ROLB James Harrison on Thursday night, team president Mike Holmgren said Wednesday.

The Browns, under criticism for their handling of McCoy's injury, didn't administer a concussion test to McCoy until after the game, when McCoy indicated he wasn't feeling well, Holmgren said.

Holmgren said that McCoy, when attended to initially on the field, was "lucid" and "talking" and indicated that his left hand was injured. Also, when the Browns' staff talked to McCoy on the bench, his "responses … did not dictate that they adminsister the test," the Browns' president said.

After the game, McCoy was administered a concussion test and passed almost all elements, Holmgren said, but the quarterback noted that he was startled by the sound of a toilet seat. It was then that the Browns started to believe he might have the symptoms of a concussion, Holmgren said. 

Harrison was suspended for one game on Tuesday for the helmet-to-helmet hit.

Browns medical staff reportedly met with doctors representing the NFL and NFLPA on Tuesday to discuss the McCoy incident. "We want to be at the forefront of making this right," Holmgren said.

He said that he didn't expect the Browns to be punished for their handling of McCoy's injury.

"Everyone was very forthright yesterday," Holmgren said. "… I don't expect anything to happen in a punitive matter."

The hit on McCoy occurred in front of the Browns' bench. Asked how no one on the Browns' sideline could have seen McCoy sustain a blow to the helmet, Holmgren didn't have an answer other than to say that no one apparently saw it.

McCoy is at home recovering from the concussion, Holmgren said.

"He still has a headache, but other than that, from what they tell me, he's good," Holmgren said.

Holmgren declined to give an evaluation of McCoy's play and his future beyond 2011, saying he and GM Tom Heckert would address those questions after the season.

However, Holmgren did give head coach Pat Shurmur several votes of confidence.

He ended his press conference with one of those endorsements.

"Now make sure you touch base with Pat," Holmgren said of Shurmur, whose press conference was moved back to mid-afternoon after Holmgren's unexpected and nearly hour-long meeting with reporters. "And you know what? He's a good man. And he's going to be the coach around here for a long time."