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NFL decides not to punish Browns

December, 21, 2011
12/21/11
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The NFL has decided not to discipline the Browns for their handling of Colt McCoy's head injury, league spokesman Greg Aiello told The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

McCoy was allowed to return to the Dec. 8 game at Pittsburgh without being tested for a concussion. He has since not been cleared to practice 13 days after taking the helmet-to-helmet hit from Steelers linebacker James Harrison.

The NFL Players Association has not decided whether to file a grievance against the Browns, union spokesman Carl Francis informed The Plain Dealer. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the NFLPA was expected to reach a decision this week.

Harrison, who returned from a one-game suspension for that hit, told The Associated Press that the Browns should be disciplined for putting McCoy back into the game so quickly. Browns president Mike Holmgren said the team doctors were unaware that McCoy had suffered a head injury.

"If he was hurt so bad I don't know why they let him back in ... two plays later," Harrison said. "Something should be done to them, I would think. I don't know. I got a game, what should they get?"

I will offer my take on the situation tomorrow.

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