BEREA: Colt McCoy watched the past two Browns games from his couch.
He might have to do it again Sunday when the Browns host the Pittsburgh Steelers at 4:15 p.m. in the rematch of the game that likely was McCoy’s last of the season.
Although he still was not cleared to practice Thursday, McCoy spoke to the media for the first time since he was diagnosed with a concussion following the last game against the Steelers on Dec. 8.
McCoy answered questions for about 10 minutes and repeatedly said he was getting better and complimented the Browns medical staff on the handling of his injury. He also admitted he had a discussion with his father about his critical remarks of the team’s initial handling of the concussion.
“I will say I have talked to my dad and I have addressed some things with him and we’re moving on,” McCoy said. “What we talk about, I’m going to keep private.”
McCoy doesn’t believe the concussion and its lingering effects will affect his career in the long run. He also wouldn’t say that James Harrison’s hit was a cheap shot, although Harrison was flagged on the play and suspended for the following game as a repeat offender.
“No, I really have no opinion,” McCoy said. “I think the league has handled that and I’m doing the best that I can to move forward, get healthy and get back to help our team.”
Although McCoy expressed a desire to play in Sunday’s game, it seems unlikely even though coach Pat Shurmur refused to rule McCoy out.
“I’ve always been taught, I’m going to play,” said McCoy, who has a newly grown beard. “I think if you ask anybody in this room, since I first started playing, you’re taught if you can go, you go. I don’t think anyone who plays this game will ever lose that attitude.”
McCoy was given several opportunities to discuss the details of the injury and the remaining symptoms that have kept him from passing his concussion baseline test, but politely declined.
“I don’t want to get into any specifics, but I can tell you that I’m making progress,” McCoy said. “I’ve been cleared to do a little running, do a little lifting and do a little exercising and everything has gone well.”
McCoy’s hesitation to divulge much information likely comes from the fact that he wasn’t tested for a concussion until after the 14-3 loss, and was sent back into the game to finish after missing just two plays.
As a result of the controversy, the NFL changed the way its teams deal with players with possible concussions. Although the Browns were not penalized by the league, “I’m not going to re-create what happened,” McCoy said.
“It’s in the hands of the league and their first priority is safety of the players,” he said. “What I can tell you is our medical staff does an outstanding job and that should never be in question.”
When asked about his future with the team that drafted him in the third round out of Texas in 2010, McCoy said that he hasn’t been approached by the Browns yet in that regard, but he hopes to remain in Cleveland.
“Anytime you go through a season like this, every person is going to get evaluated, including me, the quarterback,” McCoy said. “I think that’s the right way to go about things. I love this place. I want to be here. I want to be part of the resurrection of the Browns.”
The past few weeks have been tough on McCoy, 25, physically and mentally.
“I think the hardest part is not being able to travel, to be with your team or out there at practice with them or in games,” McCoy said. “You work so hard all year long to be able to just be out there and contribute.”
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