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Colt McCoy still out with concussion

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BEREA, Ohio (AP)

Browns quarterback Colt McCoy still can't practice or play, leaving Seneca Wallace to start his second straight game.

McCoy has not been medically cleared by team doctors to return to the field after sustaining a concussion from a helmet-to-helmet hit by Steelers linebacker James Harrison 12 days ago. Browns coach Pat Shurmur said McCoy was at the facility Tuesday and took part in team meetings before being sent home again.

Shurmur said McCoy is making progress but isn't likely to be back in time for Saturday's game at Baltimore.

Wallace is taking all the reps in practice.

''At this point, more than likely he'll be the starter, for sure,'' Shurmur said.

Shurmur did not know if McCoy has visited any specialists on head injuries while he's been out. Browns tight end Benjamin Watson, who had three concussions since July, sought a second opinion last week before the Browns placed him on injured reserve.

Shurmur was vague when asked specifically if McCoy was still experiencing symptoms from Harrison's hit. Shurmur also wouldn't speculate if McCoy, who started Cleveland's first 13 games, will be able to play in the Jan. 1 season finale against Pittsburgh.

McCoy has not spoken to the media since getting hurt. His concussion and the Browns' handling of the injury has prompted the NFL to consider changes to its policies on concussions. The league sent medical personnel to Cleveland last week to meet with the Browns.

Shurmur said he spoke with McCoy and relayed that the second-year QB's ''spirits are good.''

''Like anybody who wants to play, he's anxious to get out there,'' Shurmur said. ''He understands there's a process he has to go through before he can play again.''

The Players Association may file a grievance on McCoy's behalf on the team's handling of his injury.

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