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Report: McCoy almost recovered from concussion

Posted on: December 18, 2011 2:07 pm

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke with James Brown about the recent concussion that Cleveland Browns QB Colt McCoy suffered from a hit by Steelers LB James Harrison. Goodell also goes into depth about the NFL cracking down on concussions.

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By Ryan Wilson

The Browns organization has been heavily scrutinized for their decision to insert quarterback Colt McCoy back into December 8's Thursday night Steelers game only a few plays after suffering a helmet-to-helmet hit courtesy of Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison (who was subsequently suspended one game).

On Sunday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke with CBS Sports' Jim Brown, suggesting that "We want to make sure someone -- a medical professional -- has his eyes on that field at all times and can see when an injury occurs to somebody so that the proper medical care is being given."

ESPN's Adam Schefter now reports that, even though McCoy was declared out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, he's nearly recovered from what was eventually diagnosed as a concussion.

"McCoy is expected to take and pass his concussion test early this week, putting him on pace to play the final two games against the Baltimore Ravens and Steelers,"Schefter writes. "Meanwhile, the NFL Players Association will decide early this week whether to file a grievance against the Browns, publicly criticize the NFL or ask for reforms in how players with concussions are treated during games, calling for an independent neurologist stationed on the sideline. Each option is being considered this weekend."

Meanwhile, as Schefter notes, the NFLPA remains baffled by how five groups -- the Browns’ coaches, the officials, the league observer in the coaching both, Cleveland’s medical and training staff, and McCoy’s teammates -- all overlooked the fact that McCoy needed to be tested for a concussion before taking the field.

"The NFLPA believes the protocol was broken and it wants to take steps to ensure it won't happen again."

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