Colt McCoy’s father rips Browns for handling of concussion

December 9, 2011

Colt McCoy doesn’t remember the James Harrison hit that flattened him. (Justin K. Aller / Getty Images)

“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.


Colt McCoy’s left hand may be broken. (Don Wright / AP)

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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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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