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Browns coach Pat Shurmur: SS T.J. Ward will return this season

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 16, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today to discuss his team's home game Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Here are some of the highlights from the news conference:

  • Strong safety T.J. Ward recently had his cast changed, allowing doctors to re-evaluate his right foot. "What we found when we took the cast off is that he'll be back (this season)," Shurmur said. Ward has a sprained foot and has been ruled out for Sunday, Shurmur said.

  • Running back Montario Hardesty (calf) won't practice today, but Shurmur has not ruled him out for Sunday. Hardesty has been running, Shurmur said.

  • Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi will "be out there practicing" today, Shurmur said. The symptoms Massaquoi experienced from the concussion he suffered Oct. 23 have dissipated, Shurmur said.

  • Shurmur said the following players will be limited today "in some fashion": defensive ends Jayme Mitchell (chest, ankle) and Auston English (knee) and cornerback Dimitri Patterson (knee).

  • Running back Peyton Hillis (hamstring) is continuing with his rehab, Shurmur said. He has been ruled out for Sunday.

  • Shurmur said he realized the Browns' 21-yard pass on a double reverse against the St. Louis Rams was illegal. Josh Cribbs lined up at quarterback, took a snap and flipped the ball forward to Seneca Wallace, who then tossed the ball backward to Colt McCoy. Then McCoy completed a pass to Wallace along the Rams' sideline. The play was illegal because the Browns made two forward passes -- Cribbs' flip to Wallace and McCoy's pass to Wallace. "We knew it when we watched it," Shurmur said. "We practiced the play. The first exchange between Josh and Seneca was practiced as a handoff. Three times last week we handed it off, and in the game it got flipped. That's a rule. We know the rule."


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