BEREA, Ohio—Although Pat Shurmur didn’t want to talk about whether Colt McCoy would be able to play Sunday against the Steelers, he did indicate that McCoy hasn’t been cleared to practice.
McCoy suffered a concussion on Dec. 8 against the Steelers and hasn’t been cleared to practice 18 days after the incident. Shurmur was asked just about every way possible to find out what is going on with McCoy with little news.
Shurmur said he would update McCoy’s status for Sunday’s game on Wednesday. He did say McCoy had been in all the meetings and had been working out.
“We’ll talk about his status on Wednesday,” Shurmur said.
When asked a couple of times, Shurmur reverted to the same answer. He said McCoy might play this week.
“If he’s able to practice this Wednesday, there’s a chance he will be able to play this week.”
When asked if McCoy would start against the Steelers if he is cleared, Shurmur responded:
“I’ll cross that bridge when I’m able to.”
Shurmur said he didn’t think McCoy had been cleared to practice yet, when asked if McCoy was able to speak to reporters. Players aren’t able to speak to reporters if they are not cleared to practice from a concussion.
Maiava Breaks Hand: LB Kaluka Maiava broke his hand against the Ravens, but Shurmur thinks he will still play.
“He’s in a cast, but there’s a good chance he’ll play,” Shurmur said.
Wait Until Next Year: With not much left to play for but pride, here are some of the scenarios for the Browns draft place next April (all predicating they lose this Sunday and finish 4-12. If the Browns defeat the Steelers, they will draft somewhere between six and nine, depending on several game outcomes. Besides their first pick, the Browns also currently have the Falcons top choice, which would be somewhere in the 20’s.
The Browns will:
Draft No. 4—If Jaguars beat Colts and Bears beat Vikings.
Draft No. 4 –If Colts beat Jaguars and Vikings beat Bears.
Draft No. 5—If Colts beat Jaguars and Bears beat Vikings.
Time Faux Pas: Shurmur took the blame for the mismanagement of the clock at the end of the first half. QB Seneca Wallace called a running play with no timeouts, rather than spiking the ball to allow the Browns to at least kick a field goal. Wallace took the blame after the game for not stopping the clock, but Shurmur said it’s his fault.
“I’m responsible things get executed,” Shurmur said. “I need to do a better job and I’ll leave it at that.
“As the head coach I have to do a better job of making sure that gets done right.”
Pro Bowl Calling: On Tuesday, the NFL will announce the Pro Bowl teams and Shurmur said he felt like there were several Browns players worthy of the honor, but declined when asked who he felt they were.
“We’ve had some guys at several positions, but I’ll let the voting speak for itself,” Shurmur said. “I have strong feelings for some of these guys.”
OL Joe Thomas has been to the Pro Bowl in each of his four years in the NFL. LB D’Qwell Jackson finished third in the fan part of the voting.
Time Change: The Browns will play the Steelers this Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm at Cleveland Browns Stadium instead of 1 pm under the NFL’s flex scheduling system.
Taylor’s Big Miscue: DL Phil Taylor jumped off side on a fourth-and-2 when it was obvious the Ravens weren’t going to run a play.
Shurmur said it was inexcusable.
“They were going to try and draw us off side,” he said. “We felt it was too long for them to try a field goal and they weren’t going to try and run a play.”
Shurmur is confident Taylor learned from the incident.
“He was pretty aware of the fact,” Shurmur said. “He was pretty upset that transpired and I’m pretty sure that will not happen to him again.”