Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today to discuss his team's 30-12 loss to the Houston Texans. Here are some of the highlights from the news conference:
Running back Peyton Hillis has been ruled out for the Browns' home game Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. "Peyton's out this week," Shurmur said. Hillis will miss his fourth consecutive game and his fifth of the season. He pulled his left hamstring Oct. 16 against the Oakland Raiders and aggravated it this past Friday during practice. When asked if the organization has talked about placing Hillis on injured reserve, Shurmur said, "We want him to get healthy. We talked about him this morning like the players that we talked about that were injured yesterday. Our conversation about Peyton was, 'OK. Where do we proceed to get him back as quickly as possible? So that's where we're at.'" Will fences between Hillis and his teammates be able to be mended after Yahoo! Sports reported last week that a group of Browns veterans held a meeting with Hillis to express their concerns about his recent behavior? "Peyton's out this week, and he's gonna be rehabbing that hamstring," Shurmur said. "And our players in that locker room will treat this like any player that can't play, and that's the way it is. And when he's healthy to come back and play, he'll be embraced back, and I think that's the way it'll work."
Running back Montario Hardesty (calf) "most likely" will be out against the Rams, Shurmur said.
Shurmur said he gave no thought at all to substituting backup quarterback Seneca Wallace for starting quarterback Colt McCoy on Sunday. McCoy walked through the Browns' locker room this afternoon with both his knees wrapped.
Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi left the team's training facility and went home today, Shurmur said. Massaquoi came out of the game against the Texans because "he was feeling woozy," Shurmur said. It was Massaquoi's first game since he suffered a concussion Oct. 23 against the Seattle Seahawks. Are Massaquoi's symptoms related to the concussion. "We are having that evaluated," Shurmur said. "We're very strict with that protocol when it involves concussion situations, and there is no wiggle room. We follow the guidelines as to when a player can be back. He was able to compete, he practiced, he followed all the guidelines and standards. [Our training staff] is very to the letter on that. He got in the game. He competed for a while, and then he got woozy, so he came out." Did Massaquoi get hit in the head again? "No," Shurmur said. "There was no significant play in the game that caused him to get worse."
Shurmur said he didn't have any updates about strong safety T.J. Ward's sprained right foot that he suffered against the Texans. "He's still being evaluated," Shurmur said. Ward also dislocated his left index finger on Sunday.
Offensive right tackle Tony Pashos (knee) got kicked in the leg against the Texans, Shurmur said.
The status of safety Usama Young (hip) will be determined based on how he progresses throughout the week, Shurmur said.
Cornerback Dimitri Patterson (knee) is progressing after sitting out against the Texans, Shurmur said. "We'll see near the end of the week his availability," Shurmur said.
Defensive end Auston English (knee) is progressing, Shurmur said. "We'll see what happens for the weekend," Shurmur said.