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Browns QB Colt McCoy could return from concussion this week

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 18, 2011
Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy (12) looks to pass during an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Browns quarterback Colt McCoy could return from his concussion this week.

McCoy suffered a concussion Dec. 8 when he took a helmet-to-facemask hit from Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison. McCoy hasn't practice since. He has been ruled out for today's game against the Arizona Cardinals.

But McCoy appears to be on the verge of trying to make a comeback this week. If McCoy is cleared to return to action and he doesn't suffer any setbacks, he would be in line to play in the Browns' final two regular-season games: Saturday against the Baltimore Ravens and Jan. 1 against the Steelers.

"He's feeling a lot better," a league source told the Beacon Journal. "He still has to go through the regular steps starting tomorrow."

McCoy sat out two plays after absorbing Harrison's vicious hit and was not tested for a concussion on the sideline before re-entering the game late in the fourth quarter. Browns President Mike Holmgren said the team's medical personnel did not test McCoy because he showed no symptoms of a concussion at the time, and the team's doctors and trainers didn't see Harrison's hit.

Representatives of the NFL and the NFL Players Association met with the Browns this past week to review their handling of McCoy's injury. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the NFLPA will decide this week whether to file a grievance against the Browns, publicly criticize the league or ask for reforms in how players with concussions are treated during games by calling for an independent neurologist to be assigned to the sideline during games.

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