There could be a Colt McCoy sighting in Oakland this Sunday.
That’s because Brandon Weeden left the Browns win over Pittsburgh (read that several times real fast) with a concussion. Weeden was hurt when Jason Worilds spun him around and threw him to the ground like a rag doll. As he landed, Weeden’s head hit the leg of Joe Thomas, who was blocking James Harrison.
Had Weeden hit Harrison’s leg, it could have been said that Harrison knocked another Brown out of the game, without even trying.
Alas we digress.
Weeden did not return to the game, and McCoy replaced him, but he did not throw a pass — a decision as much a result of the situation as anything. I think.
The Browns led, and were trying to run out the clock. So they ran six times — and Trent Richardson gained 10 yards and got away with a fumble because of a poor ruling by Ron Winters that his forward progress was stopped.
That fumble could have changed the result, but the ruling was not reviewable.
Weeden was hurt with just more than five minutes left.
“He’s being treated for a concussion,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “But we’ll see where that goes. Some guys come back quickly, some guys don’t. We’ll just have to see where that’s at. He was responsive.”
Given the Browns are flying cross-country later this week, it’s possible the Browns will leave Weeden in Cleveland if he’s not completely and fully recovered.
Because this much is certain: Given the hit involves the Steelers and a Browns quarterback, the Browns will be super-extra careful regarding Weeden.