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Browns coach Pat Shurmur: QB Colt McCoy, RB Peyton Hillis 'ready to roll' despite injuries

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 6, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today to discuss his team's upcoming Thursday night road game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Here are some of the highlights from the news conference:

  • Quarterback Colt McCoy is fine despite spraining his right knee Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, Shurmur said. "I think he's ready to roll," Shurmur said. "He was out at the walk-through this morning, and he's slated to do everything (today during practice)."

  • Shurmur said he'll evaluate McCoy based on the entire season, but he does think it's important to examine McCoy's performances against AFC North opponents. "I'm gonna hold evaluations till the end of the year, and I think right now he's our quarterback and he's standing right next to me battling through this season," Shurmur said. "I think that's the important thing. We just keep battling."

  • Running back Peyton Hillis (hip) "will be out there (today during practice) as well," Shurmur said. "He'll do everything. I think he's a little bit sore but ready to roll."

  • Strong safety T.J. Ward (foot) and linebacker Quinton Spears (hamstring) are the only players who won't participate in practice today, Shurmur said.

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