BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Another Monday, another injury.
Receiver Terrelle Pryor is dealing with a hamstring injury sustained during Sunday’s 28-26 loss at Tennessee.
Head coach Hue Jackson said that Pryor will be evaluated as the week goes on and his status for the game in Cincinnati is to be determined.
“We will see how he goes through the week,” Jackson said. “Hopefully, that is not a big issue, but we will work on that.”
Meanwhile safety Jordan Poyer remains hospitalized in Nashville, Tennessee with a lacerated kidney. Poyer was drilled by Antonio Andrews while trying to chase down Titans returner Marc Mariani with 6:33 left in the second quarter. Andrews was flagged and penalized for the blindside hit.
“I hope he will be released here soon so he can get back with his teammates,” Jackson said. “I know he wants to be back with his teammates battling with those guys. Like most of our players do, I feel like when they are not around these guys like they are letting them down. He is not. He took a major hit, and obviously, that is going to take some time for him to heal from.”
Jackson didn’t seem upset with Andrews or the hit during his Monday press conference.
“It’s football,” Jackson said. “I don’t think the player was trying to intentionally hurt him. I think he was trying to do his job, which was block him, and he did. He blocked him. He might have led with his head a little bit, but that is what he got flagged for. That is part of this game.”
Standing Firm – Jackson stands by his decision to go for 2 rather than kick the PAT following Terrelle Pryor’s second touchdown catch of the day with 2:07 to play. Quarterback Cody Kessler’s pass to rookie receiver Ricardo Louis fell incomplete and the missed conversion left the Browns down 9 and requiring 2 additional possessions rather than kicking the PAT to make it a 1-possession game.
“There are two sides of it, but I think at that point in time, I felt very comfortable and still do with the decision that we made to ‘Hey look, let’s try to go for it here so we know exactly where we are and what we are needing,’’ Jackson said. “The morale of the team was great. I don’t think to a man anybody was concerned or questioned the decision that I made for our football team.”
Jackson took the second guessing and criticism in stride and was able to laugh about it Monday.
“When I look back at – trust me you guys made me think of it all night,” Jackson said. “I turned, tossed, pillow over my head, cover over my head, said, ‘Hue, OK.’ I have even called everybody that was involved with this with me, and I feel even better about what we decided to do today than even I did yesterday. I know there are two sides to every situation there. I respect how you all feel, but I feel very comfortable with the decision that we made for our team.”
McCown Update – Veteran quarterback Josh McCown’s status remains unchanged entering the week according to Jackson and whether or not he will be available Sunday in Cincinnati remains to be seen.
“I don’t know that for sure,” Jackson said. “We will go through the week and see exactly where he is. I’m never going to say never, but right now, I would think probably not. We will see how he goes through the week.”
McCown returned to practice last week as he continues to recover from a broken collarbone sustained Sept. 18 late in the first quarter of a 25-20 loss to the Ravens.
Injury Report – Cornerback Marcus Burley will miss “some time” due to a hamstring injury. Jackson hopes that tight end Randall Telfer and defensive end Xavier Cooper will return to practice this week.
Jackson was unable to provide an update or timetable on the return of rookie receiver Corey Coleman and quarterback Robert Griffin III.