Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today before his team practiced in preparation for the Baltimore Ravens. Here are some of the highlights from the news conference:
Running back Montario Hardesty (calf), free safety Mike Adams (shoulder), linebacker Quinton Spears (hamstring) and strong safety T.J. Ward (foot) won't practice today, Shurmur said.
The Browns expected Hardesty, who's pictured to the left, to play against the Cincinnati Bengals this past Sunday, but Hardesty sat out after his calf bothered him during pregame warm-ups. When asked if Hardesty will practice this week, Shurmur said, "We're hoping to get him back out there soon. But we just feel like (we should) give him a day here to see if we can help settle it down. We don't feel like he re-injured himself. We just feel like we want to help speed up the healing process, and we feel like at least a day might help do that.
Quarterback Colt McCoy (elbow, shoulder) will do everything in practice today, Shurmur said. "My conversations with him the last couple days have been great, upbeat," Shurmur said. "He's ready to get going."
Defensive end Jayme Mitchell (ankle) will be limited in practice today, Shurmur said. With Emmanuel Stephens (pectoral) on injured reserve, the Browns will use a committee of players at right end this week, Shurmur said.
Linebacker Kaluka Maiava (knee) will be limited in practice today, Shurmur said. With Scott Fujita (hand) on IR, Maiava is expected to start at weakside linebacker, and Chris Gocong is expected to slide over and fill Fujita's role as the starting strongside linebacker.
Running back Peyton Hillis (hamstring) will fully participate in practice today, Shurmur said.
Fullback Owen Marecic (concussion) will also practice today, Shurmur said. He was inactive against the Bengals.
Shurmur on the Browns waiving long snapper Ryan Pontbriand on Tuesday: "He's not the reason we won or lost games. We did it as a team and so it's an unfortunate part of this business, and I don't like doing it." Pontbriand conceded he fell into a slump this season. "There's examples in all sports, really, where guys that have been so good for so long find a way to be consistent or don't find a way to be consistent," Shurmur said. "Again, we just needed to make a change, and that's what we did."