BEREA - It's becoming apparent that Browns quarterback Colt McCoy has played his final down of the season.
Coach Pat Shurmur wouldn't rule out McCoy for Saturday's game against the Baltimore Ravens, but he said "it's likely, for sure" that Seneca Wallace will start for a second straight game.
McCoy was at the team facility Tuesday morning to attend meetings but was sent home before noon. He's still suffering concussion-like symptoms from his helmet-to-helmet collision with Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison.
Shurmur said McCoy hasn't been advised to shut it down for the season, but with one game remaining after Saturday's contest it's doubtful the team will risk further injury to him in a meaningless season finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"He went through the treatment process today," Shurmur said.
McCoy has made some progress. Last week he wasn't able to attend meetings.
HEADED TO IR: Tight end Alex Smith and linebacker Titus Brown were placed on injured reserve. Smith injured a shoulder against the Arizona Cardinals, and Brown suffered a serious knee injury that will require surgery. The Browns signed free agent tight end Dan Gronkowski and promoted linebacker Brian Smith from the practice squad to fill the spots vacated by Brown and Smith. Gronkowski has appeared in 19 combined games with the Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos and New England Patriots. He has nine career receptions for 69 yards. Smith was a rookie free agent with the Browns this year. He had four tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in four preseason games.
STEPPING UP: Two of the four tight ends that made the roster in September are now on IR Smith and Ben Watson. That means more playing time for rookie tight end Jordan Cameron, who has four receptions for 15 yards. Cameron was the first of two fourth-round draft picks. He started off his college career playing basketball at BYU. He switched to football when he transferred to USC. "With Alex out he'll play more this week," Shurmur said. "He did some good things (against the Cardinals). Much like any player now, he was in a real regular-season game where the speed is different from some of the preseason action he saw."
GETTING CLOSER: Rookie fullback Owen Marecic was able to practice after missing last week with a concussion. Marecic has had two concussions this season, which has to be a cause for concern for the long term. "We always keep their safety in front of us," Shurmur said. "If he wasn't able to play, we wouldn't play him."
NEAR THE END: Cornerback Sheldon Brown spent quite a bit of time on the sideline against the Cardinals, opening the door for rookie Buster Skrine. Skrine had the first interception of his career. Brown will be 33 before the start of next season, which is considered old for a player at his position. "I have a lot of respect for Sheldon, not only for his play on the field but his professionalism," Shurmur said. "When you get up there in age you can't play as long as you did when you were younger."
INJURY REPORT: Receiver Jordan Norwood and linebacker Benjamin Jacobs were limited. Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis missed the first game against the Browns but he'll be ready this week.