BEREA, Ohio -- Pat Shurmur didn’t clear up anything regarding Colt McCoy’s status, as to whether he would play on Saturday at Baltimore.
Shurmur was vague on whether or not McCoy has been cleared medically from the concussion injury and he wouldn’t say if McCoy would play if he is cleared to play.
“Colt’s progressing and he’s day-to-day,” Shurmur said. “He’s improving. It’s too early to tell if he’ll practice (Wednesday).”
McCoy didn’t travel to Arizona and missed his first game of the season. ESPN reported that McCoy was close to being cleared to play. All that Shurmur confirmed was that McCoy was treated over the weekend.
Shurmur hedged when asked several times if McCoy would start against the Ravens, if he’s cleared.
“I’m going to cross that bridge when they’re all back,” he said. “When Colt is OK, we’ll talk about it.”
Shurmur was asked if he hopes McCoy can make it back to finish the season.
“I think it’s important for all of your players to make it through the season,” he said. “You want the guys who made the opening day roster to finish the season.”
Seneca Wallace started strong in leading the Browns to a touchdown on the team’s opening possession. However, he faltered late and fumbled the ball to the Cardinals late in the game.
“Seneca executed the offense pretty well and got us in the end zone twice,” Shurmur said. “That’s what you want (the offense) to look like the whole game. He did a good job on the first drive.”
Wallace was 18-of-31 passing for 226 yards with a touchdown and a 91.6 QB rating. He was sacked twice and fumbled once. He threw no interceptions. Wallace also ran three times for 21 yards.
Concussions Taking Toll: The Browns have suffered 11 concussions this season to date by eight different players. Against the Cardinals, WR Jordan Norwood and LB Ben Jacobs left the game early. Last week, TE Ben Watson was placed on injured reserve after suffering the third concussion of the season against the Steelers. FB Owen Marecic and QB Colt McCoy missed last week’s game after receiving concussions against the Steelers.
McCoy, Marecic and Norwood’s status is unknown for this week.
Brown, Smith Out: Shurmur said that LB Titus Brown and TE Alex Smith suffered “significant” injuries against the Cardinals. He said Brown injured his knee and Smith his shoulder.
”We’re looking to make some roster moves and will be public after they’re made.”
Draft Status: It’s the time of the year when Browns fans start talking about the next NFL Draft. If the season ended today the Browns would select fifth-overall with their choice and in the mid-twenties with the Falcons (9-5) choice obtained in last year’s draft day trade. The Browns are tied with the Buccaneers and Jaguars at 4-10, with the Colts at one (1-13), Rams and Vikings at two and three at 2-12 each. The Browns close out the season at the Ravens Saturday and at home to the Steelers on Jan. 1.
Double Digits Again: The Browns have lost double-digit games 10 times in 13 seasons since the team re-started in 1999, including the last four seasons. The Browns finished 4-12 in 2008 and 5-11 in 2009 and 2010.
Old Hillis Back: RB Peyton Hillis had his most productive game of the season as he accounted for 107 yards. He had 99 yards on 26 carries (3.8 avg.) and caught one pass for 9 yards.
“Not being here (last year), but seeing him on tape it looked like he ran the way you were used to seeing him last year.”
Sheard Sharp: Rookie DL Jabaal Sheard has 7.5 sacks, which is the most since a rookie since LB Kamerion Wimbley had 11 in 2006. He is currently tied for 12th in the AFC in that department.