PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 08: Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns lays on the ground while speaking to athletic trainers after a helmet to helmet hit from James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on December 8, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Colt McCoy Injury: Browns QB Ruled Out For Finale Against Steelers

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Colt McCoy Injury: Browns QB Ruled Out Against Ravens

Though there was actually little hope that he'd be able to play regardless, Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy has officially been ruled out by the team for Saturday's game against the AFC North rival Baltimore Ravens. McCoy didn't practice at all this week after suffering a concussion following a brutal helmet-to-helmet hit from Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison on Thursday Night Football.

It's likely that, even if McCoy had been medically cleared to play, the team would have been careful with him after being so thoroughly chastised for letting McCoy go back into Thursday's game following the hit. Following the game, many were upset about the fact, including McCoy's father, who said the second-year quarterback told him that he didn't remember anything following the hit. Not to mention the fact that McCoy's replacement played well in his absence.

That is to say, Seneca Wallace may have earned more starting time when he nearly led the Browns to a victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Arizona would end up winning in overtime, but it was a close game regardless and Wallace gave the offense a spark it didn't have with McCoy at the helm. 


Colt McCoy Injury: NFLPA Looking Into How Browns Handled Concussion

Colt McCoy suffered a concussion in the Cleveland Browns last game, an injury that needs to be treated just right to stave off long-term consequences. McCoy said after the game that he didn't really remember the injury that happened when James Harrison crushed him and was re-inserted into the game just a few plays later, but further scrutiny has brought more aboard.

DeMaurice Smith, the president of the NFL Players Association, sent NFLPA reps to Cleveland today to gather more information related to the treatment of Browns QB Colt McCoy according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It's unclear exactly what they might be investigating, but the Browns have claimed they weren't at fault.

"If he would have shown symptoms of a concussion, then I wouldn't have put him back in the game, absolutely not," said Shurmur, who goes by the decision of the medical staff. "We go through the strict protocol to evaluate whether there are concussion like symptoms." [...]

"I can assure everyone that we followed the protocol," he said. "At one point during the game, I told Colt, 'I talk to you like I talk to my son.' In fact, I said that. I have a lot of compassion for our players."

Concussions are a serious injury that have negatively affected many NFL and NHL players in the recent years, making it all the more apparent that teams need to watch out for their players. It will be interesting to see what happens next if the NFLPA finds out the Browns didn't follow proper protocol.


Colt McCoy Injury: McCoy Needs Lights Turned Off During Post-Game Interview

The Cleveland Browns may have some questions to answer later today and not all just about another AFC North loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.  After quarterback Colt McCoy was lit up by James Harrison, McCoy returned to the game after one play.  Problem is, after the game, McCoy needed all the lights in the interview room turned down - at the request of the Browns.  

Sensitivity to light is one of the many signs of 'concussion-like symptoms'.  Add to that a report that McCoy didn't remember the hit and you have to wonder if McCoy underwent any kind of concussion testing on the sideline.  The NFL has made detecting concussions in-game a priority, and we've seen players in the past remain sidelined during the game as teams played it safe with apparent head injuries.

When asked if he felt the hit was dirty, Browns head coach Pat Shurmur thought so.

"Well, I mean it was penalized, right?'' said Shurmur. "I think (the officials) felt it was, so it was penalized.''

It remains to be seen if Shurmur and the Browns will have to answer for anything else.

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