The Browns’ handling of McCoy’s injury _ he was not given the standard sideline concussion test until the next day _ prompted the league to send medical personnel to Cleveland to meet with the Browns. Representatives of the Players Association also attended the meeting to discuss the team’s treatment of McCoy and possible changes to the league’s policies on head injuries.
Team president Mike Holmgren said the team did not check McCoy for a concussion on the sideline because he was not displaying symptoms and because the medical staff did not see Harrison’s vicious hit while attending to other injured players on the sideline.
On Friday, the league denied Harrison’s appeal of his suspension, which the league handed down for his fifth illegal hit on a quarterback in three years. Harrison is the first player suspended under stricter guidelines for player safety.
Moore, who sustained a concussion earlier this year, is pleased there is increased awareness on concussions and more emphasis on player safety. He’s also in favor of the league using independent neurologists at games to help assess head injuries.
“That’s something that we could’ve addressed in the CBA before we finished things up,” Moore said. “I think we as players tried to push for health issues but I think we sacrificed a couple things in the interest of getting the business side of it done.
“I thought we could have done a better job as a union — that’s how I personally feel — of making sure we look after players first. It’s something we could have done better and the unfortunate thing is we have a 10-year CBA with no opt out, so we’ve gotta try to find a way to get it done before then.”
Notes: K Phil Dawson was pleased to learn general manager Tom Heckert wants him back next season. “It’s nice to hear that. It beats the alternative,” Dawson said with a smile. “It’s good to know they’re not looking for a young guy in the draft.” The Browns placed their franchise tag on Dawson this season and could do so again. The 36-year-old is having another solid season, his 14th with the franchise. … Williams, who wears No. 44, has been popping pads at practice for weeks. “He can drop his weight and block a guy so he’ll get a chance to do it live on Sunday,” Shurmur said.
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