Colt McCoy’s turn to get a left hand injury. James Harrison did it once again, this time he brings Colt McCoy into a left hand injury. Details!!!!!
Colt McCoy can’t recall James Harrison’s hit, injures his left hand: Cleveland Browns Insider
James Harrison did it again. Another helmet to helmet hit, another Browns player down writhing in pain.
Last year it was wide receivers Mohamed Massaquoi and Josh Cribbs. Both were smashed in the head by Harrison’s helmet and both were knocked out cold. Both suffered concussions. Harrison was fined $75,000 for the hit on Massaquoi.
Thursday night, he drilled Colt McCoy helmet-to-helmet and McCoy remained down on the field for a minute. Harrison was flagged 15 yards for unnecessary roughness and can expect his fine from the league office next week.
“Honestly, I don’t remember (the hit),” McCoy told the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram after the game.
McCoy remained out for two plays and the came back in the game, eventually throwing a deciding interception to the Steelers’ William Gay.
“He was fine to go back in,” said coach Pat Shurmur.
Shurmur was asked if Harrison’s hit was a cheap shot.
“Well, I mean it was penalized, right?” said Shurmur. “I think (the officials) felt it was, so it was penalized.”
Harrison disagreed with the penalty.
“From what I understand, once the quarterback leaves the pocket, he’s considered a runner,” Harrison said. “All the defenseless(ness) and liberties that a quarterback has in the pocket are gone and you can tackle him just as he’s a running back. The hit wasn’t late, so I really don’t understand why it was called.”
McCoy said he “was good enough” to go back in the game, although he did suffer an injury to his left hand.
“I was OK to go back in the game. I’m more worried about my hand,” McCoy said. It’s unclear how serious his hand injury is.
However, after the game, members of the Browns staff reportedly asked that television lights not be used while McCoy was talking to the media, which indicates McCoy might have been feeling lingering effects from the hit by Harrison.
“It got me for a little bit,” he said. “He got my hand. I’m not sure how he got my hand. I was able to come back in the game, (but) I’d like to have that last play back.”
On the interception: McCoy explained what he saw on his pass intended for Massaquoi.
“They came after us and the pocket kind of collapsed in the middle,” he said. “At that point, I was trying to work Polamalu, move him one way or the other. They had a post outside and a corner outside. I knew it was man-to-man because they were coming after us. I saw Mohamed one-on-one and and I just tried to give him a chance to make the catch.
“I just didn’t get enough on it, I underthrew it and Gay made a nice play. Basically, that was the game.”
Big play on Big Ben: Defensive lineman Scott Paxson’s first career sack could have a big impact on the rest of the season — for the Steelers.
Paxson’s sack with 5:59 left in the second quarter knocked Ben Roethlisberger out for the rest of the half with a high left ankle sprain.
Paxson tackled Roethlisberger low for the sack and Brian Schaefering wrapped him up high. Roethlisberger immediately grabbed the ankle after the hit and then remained down on the field for a few minutes. He hobbled into the locker room with the assistance of trainers and was put on a cart.
“I came from the backside,” said Paxson. “I know he likes to hold onto the ball. I knew he didn’t see me get a pretty good hit on him. I know Schaefering got him in the front and I got him from the back. Ben’s a great athlete. I really wouldn’t mind if he was out for the game. Just this game. I like Ben. I’m not trying to hurt him.”
Charlie Batch finished the half, but the Steelers punted three straight times.
Roethlisberger limped back onto the field after halftime, moving the Steelers to the Browns’ 36, but the Steelers were forced to punt. Roethlisberger led the Steelers’ on a fourth-quarter drive, but the Browns stopped it with a memorable goal-line stand.
“He’s a warrior,” said Paxson. “He definitely was hurt. He couldn’t hide it. He wasn’t as mobile, but we still had a problem getting back to him.”
Roethlisberger responded with a 79-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown with 2:52 left to increase the Steelers’ lead to 14-3.
Big plays at a big time: Linebacker Chris Gocong came up big on the goal-line stand, either making or assisting on stops of Rashard Mendenhall four straight times to keep the score 7-3, Steelers. Gocong drilled Mendenhall after a one-yard gain to the 1, knocked him back a yard on second down and then contributed on the final two stops.
Out of the game: Cribbs left early in the second quarter with a groin injury. He tried to shake it off on the sidelines, but soon was walking into the locker room. Cribbs was replaced on returns and in multiple receiver sets by Jordan Norwood.
Cribbs caught two passes for 38 yards in the first half, including one for 25 yards on the Browns’ opening field-goal drive.
Meanwhile, tight end Ben Watson left late in the third quarter after he was hit by safety Ryan Clark on a short incompletion. Watson came up dazed and immediately was helped off by trainers. After a neurological exam on the sidelines, Watson jogged to the locker room. It was the second concussion suffered by Watson this season.
Fullback Owen Marecic left in the third quarter with a concussion. It was his second of the season. Rookie safety Eric Hagg left in the third quarter with an eye injury.
Airing it out: After 55 of the Browns’ 70 passes in the previous two games were for 10 yards or less, McCoy completed passes of 33, 25, 25 and 17 yards in the first half.
Turnover fest: The defense came up huge on back-to-back drives in the first half, getting takeaways in the red zone.
On the first one, linebacker Kaluka Maiava forced Hines Ward to fumble after a catch at the Browns’ 15 and Sheldon Brown recovered.
After Troy Polamalu picked off McCoy on the next drive, but the Browns got it right back, with Joe Haden forcing Heath Miller to fumble after a catch at the Browns’ 8 and D’Qwell Jackson recovering.
Ground game: Peyton Hillis played despite suffering a hip injury last week, but was limited and spelled by Montario Hardesty and Chris Ogbonnaya. Hillis ran 10 times for 25 yards for the game and Hardesty ran 11 times for 24 yards. Best run of the half was by Ogbonnaya, who ripped off a 28-yard blast. He led the team with 31 yards in two carries. (Mary Kay Cabot – The Plain Dealer)