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McCoy defends Browns' medical staff

BEREA, Ohio — Browns quarterback Colt McCoy said Thursday that he doesn't blame the team's medical staff for how it handled his head injury.

While not disclosing details, McCoy said he's making progress from the concussion sustained on a helmet-to-helmet hit by Steelers linebacker James Harrison on Dec. 8. McCoy returned to the game after missing just two plays and wasn't tested for a concussion until after the game.

"Our medical staff does an outstanding job, and that should never be in question," said McCoy, speaking for the first time since the incident.

McCoy later declined to say if he has sought outside opinions and again complimented the Browns' medical personnel.

"Our staff here has really been first class through all this," said McCoy, who has not been cleared to practice.

McCoy was vague when asked if he believed Harrison's hit was a cheap shot or if he deserved more than a one-game suspension.

"I really have no opinion," he said. "I think the league has handled that, and I'm doing the best that I can to move forward."

Injured QBs practice, appear set to play

Quarterbacks Tom Brady (Patriots), Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers) and Tony Romo (Cowboys) were able to practice despite soreness and are expected to play Sunday.

In Foxborough, Mass., Brady participated on a limited basis because of what the team called only a left shoulder injury sustained Saturday against the Dolphins. He sat Wednesday, but the team said it was not injury-related.

Comcast SportsNet in Boston reported Wednesday that Brady had X-rays to check for a separated shoulder and was told he was "all set." A team spokesman said only: "If there was an injury, then it would be on the injury report."

Thursday's injury report said only he was limited, meaning he took part in fewer than 100 percent of his normal repetitions.

In Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger fully participated despite a sprained left ankle sustained Dec. 8 that kept him out Saturday against the Rams. He said the ankle was "a little sore."

"As long as I can deal with pain, I'll be out there (Sunday)," he said. "I don't want to let the guys down."

And in Irving, Texas, Romo practiced with tape wrapped around his bruised right (throwing) hand, which he banged against an Eagles helmet Saturday. He didn't wear tape Wednesday but said he's confident he will play Sunday. "Everything's coming together like we thought," he said. "Each day, it's getting a little bit better."

Bills: Receiver Brad Smith likely will sit out Sunday after missing his second straight practice with a hamstring injury.

Broncos: Safety Brian Dawkins missed practice and is questionable for Sunday. The 16-year veteran has missed all but one quarter since pinching a nerve against the Bears on Dec. 11.

Giants: Defensive end Osi Umenyiora said he is optimistic but uncertain about playing Sunday. He has missed the past four games with a high ankle sprain.

Jets: Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said he is not worried about losing his job. The offense ranks 27th in the league. Schottenheimer said he is aware of the criticism, which includes a Facebook page dedicated to his firing that had 280 members as of Thursday afternoon. "You have to laugh at it some," he said.

Packers: Left tackle Chad Clifton is expected to return after missing 10 games with a hamstring injury.

Saints: Running back Pierre Thomas was fined $12,500 for Monday's touchdown celebration in which he placed a bow on a ball and gave it to a fan. The celebration cost him $7,500 while $5,000 was for wearing green and red tape on his uniform. The league's notice of the fines was taped to his locker by teammates with a red bow on top as part of a prank.

Vikings: Running back Adrian Peterson is set for surgery on his left knee today. He tore the ACL and MCL against the Redskins on Saturday.

T.O.'s back … indoors? Receiver Terrell Owens, 38, who played 15 seasons in the NFL, is close to agreeing to a mid six-figure contract to play with the Indoor Football League's Allen Wranglers in suburban Dallas, Wranglers general manager Drew Pearson and owner Jon Frankel told ESPN Dallas. The deal would also include an ownership stake of "likely 50 percent" for Owens, Frankel said. Pearson is a former Dallas Cowboys receiver who was inducted into the team's Ring of Honor this year.

McCoy defends Browns' medical staff 12/29/11 [Last modified: Thursday, December 29, 2011 10:05pm]

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