Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden is undergoing the process of being medically cleared from the concussion he suffered Sunday in the fourth quarter of the Browns’ 20-14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Coach Pat Shurmur said it’s too early to know whether Weeden will be able to play Sunday when the Browns (3-8) visit the Oakland Raiders (3-8). He’ll know more when the Browns return to practice Wednesday. Weeden was at the team’s headquarters today, Shurmur said.
“It’s very strict protocol when it comes to concussions and so we’ll go through the process and we’ll know way more on Wednesday,” Shurmur said. “We’ve got to go through the process. I’m not making any predictions at this point.”
Backup quarterback Colt McCoy has not received much practice with the first-team offense, but he could be ready for the Raiders with a week of preparation, Shurmur said. McCoy is 6-15 as a starter.
"If Colt goes in the game, I expect that he's gonna function fine and help us win games," Shurmur said. "So I've got no problem. I've got all the confidence in the world in Colt. Colt's handled his situation this year in a very professional way."
Weeden suffered a concussion when his helmet smacked against the left leg of Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas as Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds pulled him down with 5:20 left in the fourth quarter. McCoy entered the game with three minutes left in the fourth quarter but did not throw a pass.