Concussion Controversy: Browns Defend Handling of McCoy’s Head Injury

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BEREA, Ohio-Browns quarterback Colt McCoy was viciously flattened by Pittsburgh's James Harrison Thursday night in the fourth quarter of the Brown-Steelers game.

Now, his dad is speaking out. McCoy's father, Brad, told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that Colt does not remember anything after being hit by Harrison and that he should not have gone back in the game.

Understandable coming from a concerned father, but head coach Pat Shurmur said he followed the proper protocol. He was told by medical staff that McCoy could go back in. McCoy also told coach he was OK to play.

Anyone who saw the Harrison hit knows that McCoy "took one for the team." The question many are asking is, did Coach Shurmur do anything wrong?

If the medical staff gave the "OK," why should Shurmur think otherwise?

Brad McCoy questioned whether or not he was tested for a concussion. Instead, they were looking at his left hand which was also injured. Shurmur said Friday that McCoy experienced concussion symptoms post-game.

The media were even told the post-game press conference with McCoy would be brief, and that they were not to use lights during the interview.

McCoy, visibly disoriented at times during the press conference, said he wasn't sure if Harrison's hit was a cheap shot. "I don't know. I don't know. I guess I was good enough to go back in the game. I mean, (Harrison) got me for a little bit," McCoy said.

Shurmur said Friday that the team was proceeding as if McCoy has a concussion, and had publicly reached out to Brad McCoy.

*Fox 8 Sports anchor John Telich and FOX8.com contributed to this report.

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