CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Browns admit team doctors did not check quarterback Colt McCoy for a concussion on the sidelines, after he took a serious hit to the head during last Thursday's game against Pittsburgh.
President Mike Holmgren said the medical team did not see him get hit, and he only complained about a hand injury, not a head injury. He added the team followed proper protocol.
McCoy is resting at home and Holmgren said his condition is improving.
Holmgren was visibly upset at the Wednesday news conference and said he's tired of all the criticism. "This is not business as usual," he said.
McCoy sustained a concussion from a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit from Steelers linebacker James Harrison in the fourth quarter of the game Thursday. McCoy was replaced for two plays by backup Seneca Wallace before coming back in and throwing an interception. Holmgren said McCoy complained his hand hurt, but didn't mention his head hurt.
"Our medical staff did what they were supposed to do and they're good," reiterated Holmgren.
But fans who are critical of how the Browns treated McCoy think Holmgren is making too many excuses. They question why the medical team didn't see the hit or see McCoy lying on the field, and why the coaching staff apparently didn't communicate effectively with the team doctors.
During the news conference, Holmgren offered a vote of confidence to Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur, assuring him he will be head coach for the Browns next season.
The team will not face sanctions from the NFL.