Brad McCoy, Colt McCoy’s father, told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer his son doesn’t remember anything that happened after James Harrison delivered a helmet-to-helmet hit to him in the 4th quarter Thursday night.
I talked to Colt this morning and he said, ‘dad, I don’t know what happened, but I know I lost the game. I know I let the team. What happened?’
You might recall that McCoy was briefly removed from the game, and Seneca Wallace came in. Colt came back in immediately with the Browns in the red zone trying to tie the game. He took a sack on second down when Harrison tripped him up as he was trying to escape the pocket (and McCoy playfully tapped Harrison on the helmet afterward). He then threw the decisive interception on third down to the end zone.
Of course, if Colt McCoy doesn’t remember this, it is a big problem for the league. More from Brad McCoy:
He never should’ve gone back in the game. He was basically out (cold) after the hit. You could tell by the rigidity of his body as he laying there. There were a lot of easy symptoms that should’ve told them he had a concussion. He was nauseated and he didn’t know who he was. From what I could see, they didn’t test him for a concussion on the sidelines. They looked at his (left) hand.
The league supposedly has testing procedures to insure a player with a concussion does not go back in to the game until evaluated and medically cleared. We saw the Stewart Bradley episode last year, but this is even worse.
He clearly took a helmet shot. It was flagged. He left the game. What were they doing? I mean, from a competitive standpoint, you should probably not have put him in anyway, because his lack of awareness may have cost the team the game with the sack and interception. But from a personal safety standpoint, it is inexcusable. Who made the decision to put him back out there?
This is more dangerous as anything the league has disciplined Suh for. It is supposedly a point of emphasis. Well, here’s your chance, Roger Goodell, to actually make a meaningful statement. Large organizational fine, and for conduct detrimental to the game, suspension of the head coach or decision maker responsible for putting a clearly concussed player back in the game at a key moment. [Plain-Dealer]
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