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Browns coach Pat Shurmur: LB Scott Fujita to have surgery on broken hand

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 28, 2011
Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita (99) intercepts a pass against the St. Louis Rams in the second quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today to discuss his team's 23-20 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Here are some of the highlights from the news conference:

  • Strongside linebacker Scott Fujita will have surgery on his broken right hand this week, Shurmur said. Fujita, who's pictured to the left, said he broke his hand in two spots Sunday during the fourth quarter. When asked if Fujita will be placed on injured reserve, Shurmur said, "We're gonna have to see. We haven't made any final decisions on that, but he's gonna miss some significant time. Of course, that's an option." In Fujita's absence, Chris Gocong will move from weakside linebacker to strongside linebacker, and Kaluka Maiava will fill in at weakside linebacker, Shurmur said. Maiava sprained his knee against the Bengals, but he's considered day-to-day, Shurmur said.

  • Quarterback Colt McCoy fell on his elbow during the first drive against the Bengals. "He's got a little bit of a sore elbow, but he's fine," Shurmur said. McCoy will be at practice Wednesday, Shurmur said.

  • Defensive end Emmanuel Stephens has a strained left pectoral muscle and also will miss a significant amount of time, Shurmur said.

  • Strong safety T.J. Ward will do more this week and continue to run as he rehabilitates his sprained right foot. "We're hopeful that we'll have him back soon," Shurmur said.

  • Fullback Owen Marecic (concussion) was inactive against the Bengals, though Shurmur said Marecic will be ready to play the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

  • Free safety Mike Adams sprained his shoulder against the Bengals, Shurmur said. Cornerback Dimitri Patterson (ankle) is doing well today despite rookie defensive tackle Phil Taylor falling on him Sunday, Shurmur said.

  • Running back Peyton Hillis (hamstring) had no setbacks in his first game since Oct. 16, Shurmur said. Running back Montario Hardesty's right calf felt sore late in pregame warm-ups, and he couldn't compete against the Bengals, Shurmur said.

  • Defensive end Jayme Mitchell (ankle) is making progress, Shurmur said. Linebacker Quinton Spears (hamstring) is continuing to progress and expected to come back soon, Shurmur said.


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