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Browns coach Pat Shurmur: TE Benjamin Watson headed to IR; QB Colt McCoy ruled out for Sunday

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 16, 2011
Cleveland Browns tight end Benjamin Watson (82) catches a touchdown pass against Cincinnati Bengals defensive back Leon Hall in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today after his team practiced in preparation for its road game Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. Here are some highlights from the news conference:

  • Starting tight end Benjamin Watson has been placed on injured reserve, Shurmur said. Watson suffered his third concussion since training camp Dec. 8 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Fullback Eddie Williams has been elevated to the Browns' 53-man roster, Shurmur said. Watson, who's pictured to the right, ranks second on the team in catches (37) and receiving yards (410) this season. Last season, he led the Browns in both categories with 68 catches for 763 yards. "It's just kind of strung together on him," Shurmur said. "I think injuries sometimes come in bunches. It's unfortunate that he's sustained three concussions, but hopefully we can get through it where he can come back next season."

  • Quarterback Colt McCoy and fullback Owen Marecic have been ruled out for Sunday and will not travel to Arizona, Shurmur said. Both McCoy and Marecic suffered concussions against the Steelers. Seneca Wallace will start at quarterback, and Thaddeus Lewis will serve as his backup, Shurmur said. McCoy is still experiencing symptoms of his concussion and was sent home again today, Shurmur said. Is McCoy a candidate for IR? "No, we have not discussed that at all," Shurmur said.


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