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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 CBSSports.com'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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Comments

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 10:23 am
 

NFL won't punish Browns for handling of McCoy

James Harrison is ONE crazy fool/tool. He is trying to make a case that if Colt McCoy was not playing at the time Harrison made the helmet to helmet hit on McCoy that McCoy would not had suffered a concussion. But Harrison forgets that if he hadn't hit McCoy in the first place McCoy would never had incurred a concussion. Besides, if you punish the Browns for what happened to McCoy then you have to punish the Steelers for letting Harrison onto the field after numerous flagrant fouls and reckless behavior. Harrison...grow up! You are not in college anymore. 



Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 10:20 am
 

NFL won't punish Browns for handling of McCoy

I believe the Browns are deliberately in contempt of NFL rules and bylaws.  They should be punished for sending him back so quickly or if it was not viewed or known to be as a violent hit by the Browns at the time it was done, one could argue it was not viewed as violent at the time by Harrison.  Why was Harrison suspended.   You can learn a lot from a dummy and Harrison is in a fact a dummy.  Now for important matters, @Jim Mora Are the Colts mathematically eliminated from the "Playoffs" ?



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 10:09 am
 

NFL won't punish Browns for handling of McCoy

Mike Holmgren  there was "no indication" that McCoy had suffered a concussion, and subsquently was never checked out before being sent back into the game.

After the hit he took the concussion protocol should have been done



Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:56 am
 

NFL won't punish Browns for handling of McCoy

No Browns trainer or coach said they did not see the hit.  They said the trainers, who are the best in the business, checked him out and said he was OK.

So, now Colt is sitting, like Arron Rogers did for a couple weeks last season, and the NFL is implementing a better system.  Why is there so much hate and calls for blame over this?  It seems like people are trying to create some kind of moral equivalency between Harrison and the Browns coaching staff.  They are two totally separate things.  Harrison has been a repeat offender in leading with the helmet.  It is obvious to Goodel and everyone else in the NFL that he is not concerned with the rules.  And, does anyone really think the Browns would intentionally risk Colt McCoy in a game where the team is really only playing for draft picks and experience?  Come on, get over the hate and trying to make something out of nothing and drawing moral equivalences that make no sense.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:53 am
 

NFL won't punish Browns for handling of McCoy

Really, what's worse?  The stupidity of a player in a bang bang split second play on the field or the gross negligence of multiple team personnel on the sideline as a player lies on the field for seconds (I'm being generous here) after being hit high, leveled and then sent back into the game shortly after.  The player gets suspended, the team gets a pass.  Really? 



Since: Jul 17, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:48 am
 

NFL won't punish Browns for handling of McCoy

Need I say the word, okay....."Typial."



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:46 am
 

NFL won't punish Browns for handling of McCoy

 
know they aren't punishing Cleveland, but the idea that they might have, screams of nanny league
Forget about Nanny League. This is Dick-Tator Goodeele's league. He's not even a benevolent Dick-Tator. He's mean and vindictive and his word is LAW.



Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:16 am
 

NFL won't punish Browns for handling of McCoy

I was miles and miles away and saw on TV that McCoy was completely dazed when he came back in. Man up Browns, and say you made a mistake.




Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:14 am
 

NFL won't punish Browns for handling of McCoy

The nfl knows Browns fans are being punished enough with putting up with the head coach



Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2011 4:57 am
 

NFL won't punish Browns for handling of McCoy

I have a great idea- fine cleveland 50K for inaction and give Harrison another game for dirty play- he's an idiot, late hit to the head, easily could have pulled off, he wanted to hurt Mccoy not anything else, he's worse than Suh!


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