Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy (12) hands the ball off 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 before his team practiced in preparation for its road game Saturday against the Baltimore Ravens. Here are some of the highlights from the news conference:
- Quarterback Colt McCoy (concussion) hasn't been cleared to practice yet, Shurmur said. "He was here this morning," Shurmur said. ... "He did a little physical activity, and he's coming along." Shurmur said McCoy, who's pictured to the right, is still bothered by the effects of the concussion he suffered Dec. 8 when he took a helmet-to-facemask hit from Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison. When asked if he's ready to officially name Seneca Wallace the Browns' starting quarterback for their game Saturday against the Ravens, Shurmur said, "Not yet, but it's gonna come soon, I'm sure." Wallace started in place of McCoy Sunday in the Browns' 20-17 overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
- Cornerback Joe Haden (bruised thigh) "won't do much today," Shurmur said. Haden did not practice Tuesday.
- Linebacker Benjamin Jacobs (concussion) and wide receiver Jordan Norwood (concussion) have not been cleared to practice, Shurmur said.
- Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (foot) and defensive lineman Scott Paxson (hand, foot) will be limited today, Shurmur said.
- Strong safety T.J. Ward (foot) won't practice today, Shurmur said. Ward has missed the past six games after spraining his right foot Nov. 6 against the Houston Texans. So why not just shut him down for the final two weeks of the season instead of risking further injury? "We'll just keep trying to get him back like we will the rest of the players and then make the decision as we get closer to, if he can't play this week, the last game," Shurmur said. "But that's worth discussing for sure."
- "There's a chance, absolutely" that rookie cornerback Buster Skrine could return kicks against the Ravens, Shurmur said. As the game against the Cardinals progressed, Skrine filled in as a returner because wide receiver Josh Cribbs was hindered by a groin injury. "He's probably like a lot of guys," Shurmur said of Cribbs. "I'm sure he's fighting each week to get his body right to play."