|Harrison's physical style finally caught up to him. (Getty Images)|
During a Week 14 game last December, Browns quarterback Colt McCoy was leveled by Steelers linebacker James Harrison. The collision led to a one-game suspension for Harrison, and it was the last game of the season for McCoy, who suffered a concussion. He says he still doesn't remember what happened.
But during a Friday appearance on The Dan Patrick Show, McCoy also wasn't of the opinion that Harrison's hit was a cheap shot. “No, I don't think so," he said via the Akron Beacon Journal. “In all the rules, I'm outside the pocket, I'm trying to make a play. I've seen the hit. I've watched it. Again, I don't remember it, so I don't know.”
Obviously, the league disagreed and Harrison had to sit out a game. (According to the rules, a helmet-to-helmet hit on a runner isn't illegal, but a helmet-to-helmet hit on the quarterback -- anywhere on the field and no matter what he's doing -- is.)
Patrick also asked McCoy if he still has any effects from the hit. “At this point, I feel great," he said. "Last year, I don't think there was really a good reason to go back in and play. I never felt good enough. I didn't pass enough tests to be able to go back and play the rest of the year. Since I've recovered from that, I have not had or experienced any symptoms. I feel really healthy. My body feels about as good as it's felt in a long time. And so, no, I feel completely recovered from it.”
Of course, McCoy now finds himself in a battle for the starting job. The Browns drafted 28-year-old Brandon Weeden in the first round with the intentions of having him under center when the 2012 season begins. For McCoy, it's just another challenge.
"I mean from my standpoint, what I was told (when Weeden was drafted) is I'd get to come in here and get to compete for a job," he said. "And for me, that's all I needed to hear. … Let's not make this about me versus Brandon. I mean I think we can all agree let's talk about what's best for the Browns. We need to win football games. The fans deserve that. The city deserves that. We want that more than anything, and so I hope we continue to make that the focus.”
Team president Mike Holmgren thinks the hit did affect Massaquoi's performance but also is of the opinion that the wideout's best years are in front of him.
“I think he's finally gotten over the concussion thing he had,” Holmgren said. “It kind of changed his game just a little bit, in my opinion. But he is a talented guy. I've had great talks with him. I think he can be a really, really fine player.”
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