Shurmur: McCoy, Ward Still Not Practicing; Cribbs on Kickoffs

In his Wednesday press conference, Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur provided updates on quarterback Colt McCoy and safety T.J. Ward. McCoy has still not been cleared to practice, although he was doing some physical activity at the facility. Ward hasn't been practicing either, and he is not expected to play this week against the Ravens. Shurmur also talked about other things, such as the kickoff returner situation between wide receiver Joshua Cribbs and cornerback Buster Skrine. [Read full press conference transcript here]

(On if McCoy was here today)- "He was there this morning and he hasn’t been cleared to practice yet. He did a little physical activity and he’s coming along."

(On if he’s ready to say that Seneca Wallace will start Saturday)- "Not yet, but it’s going to come soon, I’m sure."

(On T.J. Wards situation)- "He’s kind of leveled off as far as coming back so I don’t know. It’s probably going to be tough for him to make it for this week, but we’ll see as we move forward."

(On if it would be better to shut Ward down and not risk more injury)- "I think there’s a reason to think about that, but we’ll just keep trying to get him back like we will with the rest of the players and then make the decision as we get closer to, if he can’t play this week, the last game. That’s worth discussing, for sure."

(On why they didn’t put Ward on injured reserve)- "We felt like he’s been progressing to the point where he can get back in there and play. He’s like all the other players, you fight week-to-week, day-to-day to get them improved so they can go in there and compete so that’s why we’re doing it. When you get in a situation at a position where you’re really stressed in terms of not having enough players then you have to make the decision whether or not you allow him to keep getting better or put him on IR and get another body in here. Those are all things we talk about with all players."

(On why Joshua Cribbs hasn’t returned a kickoff for more than 40 yards in quite some time)- "I don’t know. I think if you look at it, just generally speaking, up until last game he was sixth in the league in terms of kickoff returns. Now, you obviously want long ones and touchdowns so we’re doing what we can to get them blocked up so we can get those, but he’s obviously a dangerous guy with the ball in his hands. We’re doing what we can to get him an explosive return."

(On if he looks at Buster Skrine as more than just a good special teams player)- "Absolutely, I think Buster’s got a chance to be a quality player in this league. He has the added dimension of being a returner, which a lot of corners in this league are. We’re pleased with his development to this point and we anticipate that as he finishes up these last two games, and gets a real good offseason, he’ll be coming in next year raring to go."

(On if Skrine will continue to return kickoffs this week)- "There’s a chance he could be in there, absolutely. He had a little spark on the ones he was involved with, for sure."

(On if Cribbs has slowed down because of the wear of the season)- "I don’t know. He’s a little bit sore, he was last week. I think he’s like most players and he returns kicks. He’s got a huge role on special teams and he’s got a pretty solid role on offense so he’s probably like a lot of guys. I’m sure he’s fighting each week to get his body right to play."

(On if Chris Gocong is more suited on the strong side)- "I think he’s shown he can play the outside linebacker spot on the tight end side and the weak side. He’s a good player and he’s made that switch pretty well."

Lastly, my personal favorite...

(On what’s wrong with Paxson)- "He’s got a hand and a foot. We’ll see how he does coming back."

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