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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.

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