CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown was repeatedly driven into the turf at FirstEnergy Stadium by Baltimore Ravens defenders, even when he tried to give himself up with a slide after recovering a fumbled snap.
Time and again, McCown continued to pick himself up off the grass and continue to play, but there was a physical cost, one that resulted in a postgame trip to the X-ray room for further analysis of his injured left shoulder, but the veteran quarterback did not confirm nor deny anything on the injury front following the 25-20 loss to Baltimore.
“It is alright,” McCown said of his left shoulder. “I just fell on it a few times. I’ll be alright, though.”
Despite having to run to the locker room while the defense was on the field to have his shoulder evaluated by the medical staff, McCown returned to the field and played the entire game because “it wasn’t in my mind” to take himself out of competition.
“We just got an exam to make sure we were in the clear, and then, let’s get back out there and play,” McCown said. “The doctors did their job and everything was okay, so I went back out there.
“It think it is just not wanting to not be out there with your guys. I have a dad and an older brother who get up and go to work, and sometimes, they don’t feel great and they go. They go and they grind.
“I have two little boys that are playing football now. They get hit and they get banged up, and I am trying to teach them what toughness means. For me, it is those things and just knowing the window for me right now and understanding that I don’t want to miss snaps. I don’t want to be out there without my guys. Unless it is going to fall off, let’s try to make it work and make it go. That is my mentality.”
In the losing effort, McCown completed 20 of his 33 throws for 260 yards with two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions. One of those interceptions led to a field goal at the end of the first half and the second came on the Browns’ final offensive play of the game.
Although McCown is dealing with the left shoulder injury, it is “his plan” to be in the starting lineup for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins in South Florida.
“My mindset is that everything will be alright and we will move ahead business as usual,” McCown said. “It is just a matter of letting the doctors and trainers do their job, and my expectations are to play some ball.”