Cleveland Browns' Alex Mack, left, offers his hand to help Browns quarterback Colt McCoy (12) off the field after McCoy was sacked by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, in Cleveland. THe Browns lost the game 24-10. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today to discuss his team's 24-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens and its upcoming road game Thursday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Here are some of the highlights from the news conference:
Quarterback Colt McCoy, who's pictured above, sprained his right knee against the Ravens and is day-to-day, Shurmur said. McCoy didn't suffer any structural damage, Shurmur said. "I think he's probably just sore," Shurmur said. "I wouldn't say that he'd miss the game (against the Steelers)."
Running back Peyton Hillis strained his left hip Sunday and is day-to-day, Shurmur said. "He's sore today, so we'll just see how he does through the week here," Shurmur said. "It'll be a short week. This 'see how he does through the week' thing is a few hours, I think."
Linebacker Chris Gocong suffered an oblique strain against the Ravens and is day-to-day, Shurmur said. "He'll be fine for Thursday," Shurmur said.
Offensive lineman Tony Pashos strained his elbow Sunday, "but he'll be fine," Shurmur said.
Strong safety T.J. Ward (foot) and linebacker Quinton Spears (hamstring) have been ruled out for Thursday.
How is Shurmur feeling after his team took a beating against the Ravens? "I'm still excited to lead these guys and help pull through what it takes to win games," Shurmur said. "I'm excited and energized by the challenge that we have ahead. I'm not discouraged, not one bit."
Shurmur voiced his support for special teams coordinator Chris Tabor, whose units have struggled all season. "I think Chris is a fine coach, and our guys are working extremely hard at it," Shurmur said. "We just need to find a way to be more productive and more consistent."
The Browns dropped a handful of passes Sunday for the second consecutive week. Shurmur lamented the miscues. "We can't drop balls," Shurmur said. "That's unacceptable and we keep working to correct it and we'll make a special emphasis as we go."
How will the Browns prepare for their upcoming encounter with the Steelers, their second game in five days? "We're meeting today," Shurmur said. "Really, there's not much you can do from the cleanup from Baltimore, so we just move right on to Pittsburgh. And we've planned ahead on off days, not so much on last week, but we've got a jump on what we need to get done. We'll have meetings and a walk through 'cause it's also important that we try to get their bodies right for a short turnaround. Then we'll practice tomorrow and have more practice on Wednesday, get on the plane and go down there."