Browns coach Pat Shurmur held a news conference today before the team began practicing in preparation for its game Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. Here are some of the highlights:
Richmond McGee punted eight times for a gross average of 36 yards this past Sunday and was booed by fans at Cleveland Browns Stadium for his poor performance. However, neither the fans nor the media knew McGee was hurt. Shurmur was asked about the team's injuries, but he didn't mention McGee was hurt during news conferences Sunday or Monday. McGee, who's pictured to the left, was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday, and the Browns signed Brad Maynard to replace him. When asked today if he thinks he should have revealed McGee was hurt, Shurmur said, "Not really. The reason I say that is there are a lot of guys that play in games and may not feel perfect, and then they go play. When you lose a game, then blame gets assigned. I don't like all the stuff that comes with losing. That's why we fight so hard to win." Shurmur said he learned about McGee's injury shortly before the game started. Shurmur said he considered letting kicker Phil Dawson handle the punting duties, but he ultimately chose to play McGee. "Just prior to kickoff, I was made aware of the fact that (McGee) had some soreness in his back, which happens at times with players," Shurmur said. "And so the decision was made to just play him and (let him) punt. After the game, he came in and in the morning had soreness and wasn't really fully evaluated until after we spoke (Tuesday). That's not uncommon with players at any position."
Shurmur said the Browns are planning to face the Colts without offensive lineman Tony Pashos, the projected starter at right tackle. Pashos will sit out practice with a sore left foot, and Oniel Cousins and Artis Hicks will continue to rotate at right tackle this week, Shurmur said.
The Browns will use simulated crowd noise Thursday at practice to prepare for their upcoming visit to Lucas Oil Stadium. Shurmur said. The team also will practice a silent snap count this week, Shurmur said.