Browns coach Pat Shurmur held a news conference this afternoon after the team practiced in preparation for its game Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Here are some of the highlights:
- Running back Peyton Hillis missed practice because he is sick, Shurmur said. "He came in and wasn't feeling well this morning, so we sent him home," Shurmur said. "So we'll see how he's doing, but whatever it is we don't feel like it's gonna affect him on Sunday." When asked if Hillis sat out because of any other injuries, Shurmur said, "No, no, no. He just wasn't feeling well just like happens this time of year, and so we felt like the best course of action was just to send him home. ... We'll evaluate how he's doing tomorrow, but my thoughts are he'll be there (Sunday for the game)."
- Regardless of Hillis' status, Shurmur said he wants to make sure running back Montario Hardesty gets involved early. "I'd like to see him play early in the game," Shurmur said. ... "That would definitely mean the first half and probably the first quarter."
- Offensive lineman Tony Pashos (ankle), the projected starter at right tackle, has yet to be ruled out for Sunday, Shurmur said. When asked if he would activate Pashos without starting him, Shurmur said, "That's something that we've gotta talk about and decide. We want him to be able to play, and if he's in there we'd like him to be the starter."
- Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (ankle) is fine despite being listed as limited in practices this week. "We had him limited," Shurmur said. "He's got a little soreness, and so we try to limit him so that he's ready to go on Sunday."
- Rookie strong safety Eric Hagg (knee) practiced for the first time since training camp. "He was running around," Shurmur said. "He's getting himself back to where he can practice fully. He's a guy that's making steady improvement. So, yeah, he was out here doing some actual football drills."