- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 28, 2011

BEREA, OHIO (AP) - With starting quarterback Colt McCoy still shaken from the head shot heard `round the NFL, the Browns are getting ready for the NFL’s nastiest _ and some insist dirtiest _ player.

James Harrison is coming Sunday.

Buckle up.

Harrison, his violent reputation and the chance to get revenge on the Steelers menacing linebacker were major topics of discussion in the Browns locker room Wednesday as Cleveland’s players were pressed to discuss Pittsburgh’s notorious No. 92, who laid out McCoy with an illegal helmet-to-helmet hit on Dec. 8.

Browns center Alex Mack was asked point blank if Harrison was dirty.

He paused seven seconds.

“I mean, he’s getting fined,” Mack said.

Fined for past violations, Harrison was suspended one game without pay for his vicious hit on McCoy, a devastating blow that prompted the league to change its game-day policies on head injuries after the Browns failed to test the QB for a concussion and sent him back into the game after missing just two plays.

McCoy’s season appears to have been ended by Harrison’s infamous hit. He has not yet been cleared by team doctors to practice, and it’s likely that backup Seneca Wallace will make his third straight start Sunday against the Steelers (11-4), who can still win the AFC North.

Browns coach Pat Shurmur reported McCoy is “much better” and has increased his physical activity. However, the second-year QB has not yet passed the necessary medical tests to return to the field.

And even if McCoy were allowed to play, the Browns might be inclined to have him sit out the season finale because of Harrison’s presence and the inevitable scrutiny.

Shurmur did not provide specifics on what symptoms McCoy is still experiencing.

“He needs to be medically cleared before he can practice or play and that hasn’t happened,” Shurmur said. “He’s not passing it, so whatever that means, until it’s passed he can’t play and it’s pretty cut and dry.”

McCoy has not spoken to the media since after the game in Pittsburgh nearly three weeks ago.

The QB’s orange helmet remained hanging on a hook in his locker cubicle, his shoulder pads sitting untouched on a high shelf. A bound copy of this week’s game plan against the Steelers rested on a bottom shelf not far from a recent issue of Field & Stream magazine.

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