Though James Harrison’s devastating, illegal hit on Colt McCoy was witnessed by millions on TV and thousands at Heinz Field, Cleveland’s medical staff didn’t realize the severity of the blow when they treated the Browns quarterback. That was the explanation given by team president Mike Holmgren one day after NFL medical officials and representatives of the Players Association met with the Browns to discuss the team’s controversial handling of McCoy’s injury and possible changes to the league’s policies on concussions.
Holmgren does not expect the league to penalize the Browns. He said McCoy was not checked because he wasn’t showing symptoms. Also, the team’s medical and training staffs were unaware of the impact of Harrison’s helmet-to-facemask hit because they were on the sideline working on other injured players.
LIONS: Ndamukong Suh declined to answer questions about his two-game suspension and car accident after rejoining his teammates.
STEELERS: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s sprained left ankle remains in a walking boot, and backups Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon are preparing as if they’ll play Monday in San Francisco.
EAGLES: Michael Vick watched practice from the sideline after taking a beating in his first game back after breaking his ribs last month. He is still expected to play Sunday.
OWNERS’ MEETING: The Jaguars have been sold to Shahid Khan, giving the NFL its first minority owner. The sale was unanimously approved Wednesday. The deal reportedly is for $760 million.