Browns QB Weeden suffers concussion in win over Steelers

By Tom Withers | Associated Press Published:

CLEVELAND -- Browns Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas took one look at Brandon Weeden and knew something was wrong with his quarterback.

"He was on the ground just kind of shaking his head," Thomas said.

Weeden sustained a concussion in the closing minutes of Sunday's 20-14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, an injury that brought Colt McCoy off the bench to close out only Cleveland's second win in 18 games against its biggest rival.

It was a twist for McCoy, who suffered a concussion late last season at Pittsburgh when he was leveled on a vicious hit by Steelers linebacker James Harrison.

Weeden appeared to bang his head on Thomas' leg as he fell awkwardly after throwing an incomplete pass with about five minutes left. The rookie was slow getting up and walked unsteadily to the sideline where he was met by medical personnel. Weeden was then escorted to Cleveland's locker room for further treatment and evaluation.

Thomas thought Weeden collided with Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds, who was applying pressure on the play.

"I thought his helmet hit another guy's helmet," Thomas said. "But anytime you're getting whipped down like that and getting that whiplash effect, it's not good on the noggin."

Browns coach Pat Shurmur said Weeden has a concussion but offered few other details. Shurmur spoke with his 29-year-old QB following the game.

"He's good," Shurmur said. "We had a good conversation. He's being treated for a concussion, but we'll see where that goes. Some guys come back quickly, some guys don't, so we'll just have to see where's that's at."

Weeden finished 17-of-26 for 158 yards with one touchdown and one interception before he was injured. His third pass was tipped and returned 53 yards for a touchdown by Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons.

McCoy did not attempt a pass as the Browns were intent on running out the clock in the final minutes. It was the first action this season for the third-year QB, who missed the final three games last season with his head injury and lost his starting job when Cleveland selected Weeden in the first round of this year's draft.

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