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Colt McCoy still not cleared to practice, likely out for Browns' finale

December 28, 2011 | 10:30 am


Colt McCoy's final game of 2011 was against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Unfortunately for the Cleveland Browns quarterback, it probably won't be in Sunday's season finale -- instead, McCoy's last snaps came when he played through a concussion nearly three weeks ago in the first meeting between the two teams.

McCoy hasn't practiced or played since the Browns' 14-3 loss in Pittsburgh on Dec. 8. And as of Wednesday morning McCoy still had not passed the required medical tests to be allowed to practice, making it pretty likely that he won't play Sunday.

Still, McCoy is "doing better," Browns Coach Pat Shurmur said, and has increased his physical activity.

McCoy sustained the concussion when he was hit in the helmet by the Steelers' James Harrison, but McCoy returned to the game after missing just two plays. The Browns have maintained that they followed proper medical procedure after the hit, although team President Mike Holmgren admitted McCoy was not checked for a concussion until after the game.

Seneca Wallace likely will start again in place of McCoy on Sunday.

The Steelers still don't know who their starting quarterback will be for that game. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Ben Roethlisberger has "a shot" at playing despite a high ankle sprain he suffered during the first meeting with the Browns.

Like McCoy, Roethlisberger returned to that game after being injured. But, unlike his Cleveland counterpart, the Pittsburgh quarterback played the following week, a 20-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. He sat out last week as Charlie Batch led the Steelers to a 27-0 victory over the St. Louis Rams.


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Photo: Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy is tended to by trainers after he was hit by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison. Credit: Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press