Colt Mccoy Injury

December 13, 2011 by staff 

Colt Mccoy Injury, Coach Pat Shurmur wouldn’t budge. Faced Monday with a second day of questions about the handling of quarterback Colt McCoy’s concussion Thursday night, Shurmur stuck with his statement from Friday that the Browns followed protocol before allowing McCoy to re-enter the 14-3 loss to Pittsburgh.

But he refused to answer questions about the specific care given to McCoy on the sideline, despite ESPN’s report Sunday that the league’s initial review determined the Browns’ medical staff didn’t administer a standard concussion test.

“We followed all the proper medical procedures,” Shurmur said following a short practice. “I said it today. I said it then.”

Shurmur, who said he hadn’t heard about the ESPN report, was asked repeatedly and specifically if the medical staff gave McCoy the Sports Concussion Assessment Tool 2 (SCAT 2) test. He was evasive each time.

Players are prohibited by league rule from returning to the game after sustaining a concussion, and the test is supposed to help determine if there’s been a concussion. McCoy missed only two plays, and just three minutes and 50 seconds elapsed between the helmet-to-helmet hit from Steelers linebacker James Harrison and when he re-entered the game.

“Our medical staff works with the player and they determine whether he can play or not,” said Shurmur, who said head athletic trainer Joe Sheehan told him McCoy was OK to return. “There’s communication. They look at him. They talk to him. That’s what they do.

“Sideline procedures to determine whether a man can play. We followed them.”

McCoy didn’t practice Monday but Shurmur said he was at team headquarters in the morning. The Browns return to practice Wednesday and it’s not known if he’ll be cleared by then. Shurmur is hopeful he can play Sunday in Arizona.

Seneca Wallace took the first-team repetitions Monday and would start Sunday. McCoy has taken all but three snaps this season.

McCoy was unavailable to reporters because league policy prohibits a player from talking until he’s been cleared to resume practicing. President Mike Holmgren chose not to talk and the medical staff was off-limits, leaving Shurmur to represent the team.

The NFL office confirmed it’s discussing the case with the Browns, but won’t reveal details. Shurmur was asked if he’s talked to the league.

“League business. I don’t want to comment on that,” he said.

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