Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today to discuss his team's upcoming home game Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. Here are some of the highlights from the news conference:
Strong safety T.J. Ward probably won't play against the Rams. "There's a good chance he'll be out," Shurmur said. "I don't want to rule him out yet, but there's a very good chance he won't play." Ward, who's pictured to the right, sprained his right foot this past Sunday against the Houston Texans and is still in a cast, Shurmur said.
Rookie strong safety Eric Hagg is a candidate to replace Ward. Hagg practiced with the first-team defense on Wednesday. "Eric's done a nice job," Shurmur said. "He looks more comfortable in there than he did when he first came back from (a knee) injury a couple weeks ago. He had a good practice yesterday." The Browns drafted Hagg in the seventh round (248th overall) of this year's draft. "I think he's a very aware guy," Shurmur said."I think he's a physical tackler and at least the practices and competitive situations I've seen him in in training camp, we felt really good about the progress he was making in those competitive situations. ... We're anticipating he'll play well."
Kicker Phil Dawson was sent home today because he was experiencing migraines, Shurmur said. "We don't feel like that's going to be anything that's going to affect Sunday," Shurmur said.
Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi was sent home today because he has continued to experience symptoms related to the concussion he suffered Oct. 23, Shurmur said. Massaquoi was also sent hom Wednesday.
Shurmur said he expects right tackle Tony Pashos (ankle) to be able to play against the Rams.