Berea, Ohio Colt McCoy didn’t want to relive any of what happened to him three weeks ago.
It’s not clear he remembers that night in Pittsburgh.
The Browns’ young quarterback wants to move on from a concussion that ended his season, spawned a controversy and prompted the NFL to do more to treat injured players.
Sporting a newly grown beard, McCoy said Thursday that he’s “feeling better” and making progress from the concussion he sustained on Dec. 8 from a helmet-to-helmet hit delivered by Steelers linebacker James Harrison. McCoy, who has not been medically cleared to practice since he was blasted by Harrison, refused to answer questions about what he recalls from the hit or what transpired in its aftermath.
McCoy, though, did praise Cleveland’s medical staff for its handling of his concussion despite the team not testing him for a head injury on the sideline and sending him back in the game after sitting out just two plays.
“Our medical staff does an outstanding job and that should never be in question,” said McCoy, speaking for the first time since he was diagnosed with the concussion.
McCoy didn’t want to talk about the vicious hit by Harrison, who lowered his head and delivered a crushing blow to the QB’s facemask, knocking his feet out from under him and sprawling him on his back.
McCoy also declined to reveal any of his symptoms or why he hasn’t been allowed to return to the field.
“I just don’t want to go there guys,” McCoy said. “I really don’t want to recreate anything. I don’t even want to think about it. I can tell you that I’m feeling a lot better, especially of late. I really feel like I’m coming out of this, and I hope to at least be able to be out there this weekend and help my team.”
McCoy was asked if he thought Harrison’s hit was a cheap shot.
“No,” he said. “I really have no opinion. I think the league has handled that, and I’m doing the best that I can to move forward and do the best I can to get healthy and get back and help our team.”
McCoy was equally vague when asked if Harrison deserved more than the one-game suspension he received.
“I really have no opinion on that,” he said. “That’s a league matter. That’s completely out of my control.”
Other than driving away from the team’s facility, McCoy had not been seen since that fateful night at Heinz Field.
McCoy would not say if he has sought any outside medical opinions on his injury.