Cleveland Browns' Jordan Norwood, front, has the ball knocked away by Arizona Cardinals' Richard Marshall, back, during the second quarter in an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today before his team practiced in preparation for its regular-season finale Sunday at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Here are some of the highlights from the news conference:
- Quarterback Colt McCoy (concussion) has still not been cleared to participate, Shurmur said. McCoy, wide receiver Jordan Norwood (concussion), who's pictured to the left, and offensive right tackle Tony Pashos (stomach illness) won't practice today, and their availability for Sunday is uncertain, Shurmur said. McCoy has not been ruled out against the Steelers, Shurmur said.
- Artis Hicks, Oniel Cousins and John Greco are in the mix at right tackle if Pashos can't play, Shurmur said. Hicks practiced with the first-team offense Wednesday.
- Backup linebacker Quinton Spears, who suffered a concussion this past Saturday against the Baltimore Ravens, has been cleared to return to practice today, Shurmur said.
- Shurmur said "I'll find a way to watch" Baylor University quarterback Robert Griffin III tonight in the Valero Alamo Bowl. "I've watched him," Shurmur said of Griffin. "Tremendous talent, good player." Does Griffin fit the West Coast offense? "Good players at all positions fit every offense," Shurmur said. "It's just the way it works."
- Shurmur declined to answer whether he expects the Browns to re-sign running back Peyton Hillis or kicker Phil Dawson. He expressed his appreciation for both players.