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NFL won't punish Browns for handling of McCoy

Posted on: December 21, 2011 9:46 pm
Harrison wonders if Cleveland should be punished for their handling of McCoy. (Getty Images/AP)

By Ryan Wilson

Steelers linebacker James Harrison, fresh off a one-game suspension for an illegal hit on Browns quarterback Colt McCoy in Week 14, questioned Wednesday why Cleveland let McCoy back in the game only a few plays after he suffered what would later be diagnosed as a concussion.

"If he was hurt so bad I don't know why they let him back in ... two plays later," Harrison said via wire reports. "Something should be done to them, I would think. I don't know. I got a game, what should they get?"

Fair question. The answer, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer: nothing. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the Browns won't be disciplined for their handling of McCoy.

Last week, team president Mike Holmgren admitted that there was "no indication" that McCoy had suffered a concussion, and subsquently was never checked out before being sent back into the game. More Holmgren: “Our medical staff and our training staff, they are the best in football. These guys are really good. So one of the things that is troubling to me in this whole process is that they’re getting slammed a bit, along with the head coach. ...And it’s unfair.”

Also unfair: risking McCoy's life because the people in charge of his safety somehow missed one of the biggest collisions of the season.

The NFL Players Association hasn't decided if it will file a grievance against the Browns, but the incident has led to changes in the way teams deal with head injuries. Last Sunday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told CBS Sports' James Brown that he wanted doctors eyeing each game and its players "at all times."

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.

Starting this Saturday, that will be a reality.

"NFL contacting teams asking them to put a Certified Athletic Trainer in the Press Box for this weekend's game," CBS Sports Charley Casserly reported Tuesday. "College trainers may be used."

More details via's Will Brinson:
The league will send a memo to all 32 clubs Tuesday or Wednesday to break down the new protocol for using the trainer during the game.

The trainer will be situated in the press box and monitor the entire game while having direct communication to the sideline to ensure that anyone who may have suffered a concussion will receive proper medical treatment.
Harrison, meanwhile, appears to have learned his lesson, too.

"I'm doing everything [the league] asks me to do," Harrison said. "I've lowered my target area, that's it. … I'm not worried about anything. I can't foresee the future. I'm not a fortune-teller. I'm going to deal with it as it comes."

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Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2011 12:56 am

NFL won't punish Browns for handling of McCoy

Headline: NFL won't punish Browns for handling of McCoy.

Wow.. the NFL is as bad as the US government. I know they aren't punishing Cleveland, but the idea that they might have, screams of nanny league.

Since: May 15, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2011 12:42 am

NFL won't punish Browns for handling of McCoy

Hahaha... And how many games have you won you Minnesota loser!! Oh thay's right just 2 !! And how many NFL championships have you won? Oh that's right... just 1 !! People who live in glass houses shouln't throw rocks. Your Vikings suck!!!!! 

Since: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 12:08 am

NFL won't punish Browns for handling of McCoy

millions of people saw what happened but the people closest to it didn't?  HYpocrites!

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 11:52 pm

NFL won't punish Browns for handling of McCoy

Cleveland is a horrible franchise.  Eff em They suck so bad

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 11:35 pm

NFL won't punish Browns for handling of McCoy

Okay, so the trainers didn't see the hit.  What about the coaches?  What about the coordinators?  Maybe that's why the team isn't very good, no one watches the game.  What a joke.

Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:55 pm

NFL won't punish Browns for handling of McCoy

Great post. I didn't think of point #3. How can Cleveland be punished, they're sad sacks already, can't be any worse.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:36 pm

NFL won't punish Browns for handling of McCoy

Several things wrong with this

1. Holmgren is a liar
2. Goodell is a liar.
3. Cleveland still sucks. How are you going to punish them?
4. McCoy still sucks
5. Everyone has cell phones and camera access. It was evident on tv, and same evidence used to nail Harrison.

Players union should be screaming, but since they accepted the deal, they are muted. Owners should be very wary about how this was handled, and the outcome. It forms a dangerous precedent.

Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:01 pm

NFL won't punish Browns for handling of McCoy

Of course the league won't punish the Browns. DICK-Tator Goodeele can't do two things at once. He punished James Harrison. How can he punish the Browns. That would require that dumb SOB to walk and chew gum at the same time. Wow, Goodeele says the doctors and trainers didn't see the hit? I guess no one else on the Browns could have let the doctors and trainers know that McCoy just got his bell rung? Wow, how easy to get off the hook. "I see NOTHING"!  Sergrant Schultz, I mean DICK-Tator Goodeele is a dumbass chump who thinks the fans are dumb. That's the only possible reason that can explain why this SOB gives such stupid answers.

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