Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy finally spoke to the media on Thursday. He really was not able to comment much on how close he is to being cleared to practice, and he basically offered no comment on the hit he took from linebacker James Harrison or how the situation was handled that night. Perhaps the most revealing tidbit from the media's time with McCoy was the way he looked: the second-year man out of Texas was sporting a full-grown beard.
McCoy reiterated what head coach Pat Shurmur has been saying the past couple of days: he is making progress, but his status for Sunday's finale against the Steelers is still up-in-the-air. "I know I'm making progress each and every day, and I'd do anything to be out there and play with them this weekend," McCoy said. "I'd love to. We'll see."
McCoy also stressed that he wants to be the guy moving forward:
"I love this place," McCoy said. "I want to be here. I want to be part of the resurrection of the Browns. That's what I'm here for. Aside from that, I don't know anything else."
Shurmur said that he has not yet ruled McCoy out for the finale. When asked when the cutoff for McCoy would be, he said the following:
"Typically, you wait and see if they can come back and practice and you evaluate how they looked in practice, we’ll see. Somewhere before Saturday I would imagine."
It's still not looking good for McCoy, but you never know. Shurmur has been an advocate of putting the top guy on the depth chart into action if they are healthy, and for all we know, McCoy could be cleared to play over the next two days.