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Browns coach Pat Shurmur: QB Colt McCoy sent home again; Seneca Wallace expected to start

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 15, 2011
Cleveland Browns quarterback Seneca Wallace (6) passes from behind a block from offensive lineman Tony Pashos (79) in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today before his team practiced in preparation for its road game Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. Here are some highlights from the news conference:

  • Quarterback Colt McCoy (concussion) was sent home again and won't practice today, Shurmur said. McCoy is still experiencing headaches after absorbing a controversial, helmet-to-facemask hit from Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison this past Thursday night at Heinz Field, Shurmur said. Shurmur has not yet ruled McCoy out for Sunday, but all signs are pointing to backup quarterback Seneca Wallace, who's pictured to the left, starting against the Cardinals. "If Colt can't go, then Seneca will start," Shurmur said. "He's taken all the reps to this point. In the event that Colt doesn't play and the longer he goes here this week without practicing, the more we can assume that that may be the case. (I) just haven't ruled (McCoy) out yet. ... But I can say this: (Wallace has) taken all the reps. And as the days go by and Colt hasn't practiced -- two plus two." Shurmur said McCoy hasn't done anything to game plan for the Cardinals. "There's no take-home test," Shurmur said.

  • If McCoy doesn't play, Thaddeus Lewis will be listed as the Browns' backup quarterback against the Cardinals, Shurmur said.

  • Tight end Benjamin Watson (concussion) and fullback Owen Marecic (concussion) won't practice today, Shurmur said. Watson went to see a specialist Wednesday, Shurmur said. "We hope to get (Watson) back (this season), but there could be a chance there that he doesn't," Shurmur said.

  • Strong safety T.J. Ward (foot) is sore after practicing Wednesday, "so I'm gonna have to back him off." Shurmur said he wouldn't consider Ward's soreness the result of a setback.

  • Wide receiver Josh Cribbs (groin) will be limited at practice today, Shurmur said. Cribbs didn't practice Wednesday.

  • Offensive lineman Artis Hicks has a sore shoulder, but he'll be fine and will be at practice today, Shurmur said.


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