Reports: Browns' McCoy not yet cleared to return

Posted Dec. 28, 2011 @ 11:54 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Nearly three weeks removed from a helmet-to-helmet hit that left him with a concussion, Browns QB Colt McCoy has yet to be cleared to return to the field, head coach Pat Shurmur said Wednesday, according to multiple media outlets.

Seneca Wallace has started the last two games in place of McCoy and seems on track to get the call vs. Pittsburgh in the season finale, Shurmur indicated.

"It'll probably be just like last week," Shurmur said Wednesday, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. "He's taking all the reps and the longer it goes in the week, pretty darn good shot he'll be the starter."

McCoy was injured on a hit by Steelers ROLB James Harrison in Pittsburgh's 14-3 win vs. Cleveland on Dec. 8. McCoy returned to the game after missing only two plays. The Browns' handling of McCoy's injury came under scrutiny after it was disclosed he did not receive a concussion test until after the game. The NFL declined to discipline the Browns for the incident.

Shurmur said Wednesday that McCoy had yet to pass a concussion test.

"Until it's passed, he can't play," Shurmur said, according to the Beacon Journal. "... He's much better and he feels a lot better and he's doing more, but until he's cleared to play, he can't."

The way we see it

With just one game left in the Browns' season, the focus will soon turn to how they will proceed at quarterback. Browns president Mike Holmgren and GM Tom Heckert have declined to make a public assessment of the QB situation until season's end.

McCoy has thrown for 2,733 yards with 14 TDs and 11 interceptions with a 57.2 percent completion rate. Though he has sometimes been inconsistent, his completion percentage has materially suffered because of dropped passes. Nevertheless, it wouldn't be a surprise if McCoy, at the very least, faced competition for the starting job in 2012, considering the offense's persistent lack of scoring punch in recent seasons.