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Browns coach Pat Shurmur: QB Colt McCoy could face Steelers if he returns to practice this week

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 26, 2011
Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy (12) looks to pass during an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today to discuss his team's 20-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Here are some highlights from the news conference:

  • Quarterback Colt McCoy (concussion) worked out and participated in meetings today. Has he been medically cleared to practice? "He will," Shurmur said. "We'll talk more about that on Wednesday." Shurmur wouldn't rule out the possibility of McCoy playing Sunday in the Browns' regular-season finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers. "We will be able to know whether he can practice on Wednesday," Shurmur said. "So at this point, we're not practicing, so I'll just leave it at that. If he's able to practice on Wednesday, there's a chance he could play." Shurmur said McCoy has not been cleared to practice yet, but "he's making improvements." McCoy, who's pictured to the left, hasn't practiced since he suffered a concussion as a result of the helmet-to-facemask blow he took from Steelers linebacker James Harrison on Dec. 8.

  • Starting weakside linebacker Kaluka Maiava broke his left hand against the Ravens, Shurmur said. Maiava said he expects to play against the Steelers while wearing a cast.

  • Shurmur took blame for the Browns' clock mismanagement at the end of the first half against the Ravens. "I'm responsible to make sure things get executed," he said. "I need to do a better job."

  • Shurmur also addressed rookie defensive tackle Phil Taylor's encroachment penalty that sealed the Ravens' victory with two minutes left in the four quarter. "He was pretty well aware of the fact it was a screw up," Shurmur said. "He was obviously disappointed about the way things transpired. I would venture to say that will never happen to him again."


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