The father of Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy says his son doesn’t remember his helmet-to-helmet collision with Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison on Thursday night and that he should have not gone back into the game.
“I talked to Colt this morning and he said, ‘Dad, I don't know what happened, but I know I lost the game,’ ” Brad McCoy, a high school football coach and his son’s junior-high and high-school coach, told the Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot. “I know I let the team down. What happened?’ ”
McCoy left the game for two plays and threw an interception into the end zone three plays after he returned. The Browns lost, 14-3.
“He never should've gone back in the game,” Brad McCoy said. “He was basically out after the hit. You could tell by the ridigity of his body as he was laying there.
“There were a lot of easy symptoms that should've told them he had a concussion. He was nauseated and he didn't know who he was. From what I could see, they didn't test him for a concussion on the sidelines. They looked at his [left] hand.”
The Steelers were hit with a 15-yard roughing-the-passer penalty; Harrison may well be hit with a big fine for the play. And McCoy may also have broken his hand on the play. Browns Coach Pat Shurmur said McCoy was well enough to return to the field, but his father said that McCoy, who suffered a concussion in high school and at least one with the Browns, was anything but fine.
“After the game, the [media relations staff] made sure Colt's interview was brief and he couldn't face the lights in his press conference,” Brad McCoy said. “The TV lights and the stadium lights were killing him. Why would you say he was fine? That makes it even worse.”
Shurmur said “we’re proceeding” as if McCoy has a concussion. He added that the quarterback did not begin showing symptoms until after the game. McCoy would not have been allowed to return to action if he had been symptomatic, Shurmur said.
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