Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 12/28/11
BEREA, Ohio -- Pat Shurmur said that Colt McCoy still hasn't been cleared to practice, leaving his status for Sunday's game against the Steelers in doubt. "He's rehabbing from the concussion," Shurmur said. "He's not passed (his physical), so whatever that means he can't practice or play." Shurmur was vague regarding how close McCoy is to being cleared or what is holding up his medical clearance. On Thursday, it will be a full three weeks since he suffered the concussion on a hit by James Harrison to his face mask. "He's in the building and he's going to the meetings," he said. "He's exercising and doing physical activities, including running." McCoy was not in the field house during the practice time open to the media. If McCoy does not play, Seneca Wallace will make his third-straight start. Wallace filled in for two plays in the Dec. 8 game with the Steelers after McCoy was hit. He completed his only pass for 13 yards to Evan Moore to give the Browns a first down on the Steelers' five. McCoy returned for the next play and threw an interception in the end zone to William Gay. Shurmur said McCoy is in the building and is being evaluated each day. "He's much better and he feels a lot better, but until he's cleared to play, he can't practice or play," he said. "He goes through the process daily." The Browns started their preparation for the Steelers in Wednesday's practice, so each day McCoy misses practice, the opportunity for him to play lessens. "It will probably be just like last week," Shurmur said. "The longer it goes, the more likely (it will be Wallace)." Shurmur was asked if he's surprised that McCoy has been out of practice for a full three weeks now. He also said that McCoy has told him he wants to play this week. "He's trying to get back out there as quickly as he can," Shurmur said. "He's expressed that. Nothing surprises me. Injuries are all different." Notebook Thomas gets 5th Trip to Hawaii: Fifth-year left tackle Joe Thomas was named to his fifth-consecutive Pro Bowl team. He is the only Browns player to make the first team. LB D'Qwell Jackson was named as a first alternate and KR Josh Cribbs was named a second alternate. "Congratulations to Joe Thomas on being named to the Pro Bowl," Shurmur said. "Also, to D'Qwell (Jackson) as an alternate and Josh (Cribbs). "It's a high honor and my congratulations go out to those guys." Thomas said it never gets old to be named to the Pro Bowl. "When I look back at where I was as a rookie, things were definitely rough around the edges, but I feel like I've made leaps and bounds of improvement since then," Thomas said. "Knowing I'm going to another Pro Bowl, I'm really excited because it's a tremendous honor that never gets old." Shurmur said there are reasons Thomas has gone to the Pro Bowl after every season he's played in the NFL. "He's played at a high level," Shurmur said. "He plays like a pro and he works very hard. He performs well and for all of those reasons, he was honored." Shurmur was asked what other players on the Browns he felt deserved the honor, as well. "I'll keep that private and behind the scenes," Shurmur said. "I'm just happy for the guys that made it." Cribbs is Walter Payton Nominee: The Browns announced that WRKR Josh Cribbs is the team's nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year. The award recognizes a player's off the field community service activities, as well as his playing excellence. The NFL will announce the three finalists at a later date and the winner will be named at the Super Bowl in Indianapolis on Feb. 5, 2012. WR Mike Furrey was the team's nominee in 2009 and he is the only Browns' nominee who has made as a finalist. "We all know what he means to the community and on the field," Shurmur said. "We're proud to have him as our nominee." Injury Update: QB Colt McCoy (head), WR Jordan Norwood (head) and OL Tony Pashos (illness) didn't practice Wednesday. Pashos has been limited all season with an ankle injury, but he was out Wednesday sick. "Tony has fought through this season and he has battled hard," Shurmur said. "He has had to miss some time during the week to keep him going." LB Kaluka Maiava has a cast on his hand with a broken bone, but is expected to play. Other who were on the injury report last week practiced, including LB Ben Jacobs (head), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (foot), DL Scott Paxson (hand) and DB Joe Haden (thigh). LB Quinton Spears (hamstring) was back at practice. Mike Tomlin said that QB Ben Roethlisberger was scheduled to practice Wednesday. Practice Move: The Browns added WR Owen Spencer to the practice squad. The Titans signed Spencer (6-3, 185) as an undrafted free agent from North Carolina State. He had been on the practice squads of the Seahawks, Lions and Vikings this season. Hardesty Time: RB Montario Hardesty has been active the past two games after being activated from a calf injury. He didn't get any carries in either game. Shurmur said that Hardesty still has some effects from the calf injury, but he thinks he can be utilized. With Peyton Hillis rushing for 99- and 112-yards the past two weeks, Hardesty was not needed. "Peyton was going real well and we spelled him a little with Chris (Ogbonnaya)," Shurmur said. "He's still not 100 percent, but if we put him in I'm sure he'll perform well."
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