By Josh Katzowitz
Colt McCoy might end up being a pioneer in NFL history -- or at least talked about as the impetus for when the league decided it needed to curb concussed players from returning to games in which they’ve been injured. Because if it wasn’t for that hit by Steelers linebacker James Harrison on Dec. 9 and the inability for anybody on the Cleveland sideline to see that McCoy had sustained a head injury, we might not have the NFL policy that states that an independent monitor must be in the press box on game day in order to make sure team trainers don’t miss potential concussions.
But that doesn’t mean McCoy can take much solace in his forefathership. Since that hit, he still hasn’t returned to a game, and he’s barely even practiced (it seems like every day we get another report that says McCoy again was sent home from practice because of post-concussion symptoms).
|McCoy's post-concussion aftermath|
*This, I imagine, will be a tough sell to the Browns trainers, who have to be tip-toeing through the night after what happened last time he played.
Almost immediately after the Dec. 9 game, you’ll recall, McCoy’s father, Brad McCoy, ripped the team for allowing him to return to the game after it was clear to everybody but the Browns trainers that his son was punch-drunk.
"He never should've gone back in the game,” Brad McCoy said. "He was basically out [cold] after the hit. You could tell by the rigidity 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].”
In response, Colt McCoy said he “addressed some things” with his father, but declined to talk specifically about what they discussed.
McCoy also made clear that he wants to stay in Cleveland and be part of the Browns “resurrection.” Asked if he thought the front office wanted him to return, McCoy said, “Speculation has never gotten me anywhere. I'm a factual person.”
And what about Harrison, who said he believed he didn’t deserve to be suspended for the hit but then had to take a one-game vacation anyway?
“I really have no opinion,” McCoy said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I think the league has handled that. And I'm doing the best I can to move forward and to get healthy and get back and help our team.”
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