|Browns IR Ben Watson, Colt McCoy not playing|
by Aaron Wilson of Scout.com, December 16, 2011 at 4:01 pm ET
Benjamin Watson Profile
The Cleveland Browns placed tight end Ben Watson on injured reserve with a concussion and promoted fullback Eddie Williams from the practice squad to the active roster.
And Browns quarterback Colt McCoy isn't playing this week due to a concussion and Seneca Wallace will start.
McCoy and fullback Owen Marecic won't be traveling this week.
Originally drafted by Washington in the seventh round (221st overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft, Williams spent the first seven weeks of his rookie season on the Redskins' practice squad before being elevated to the 53-man roster two years ago.
He was inactive for three games before being placed on injured reserve on November 24. Williams spent the entire 2010 season on the Bears' practice squad. He was with the Bears through training camp this season and spent the first week of the regular season on the Browns' practice squad before being signed to Seattle's active roster. He appeared in three games with the Seahawks, totaling two rushing yards on two attempts and one reception for 17 yards. He also spent one week on Seattle's practice squad before being released on October 12. Williams has spent the last six weeks on the Browns' practice squad.
A four-year letterman at the University of Idaho (2005-08), Williams recorded 100 receptions for 1,205 yards and 11 touchdowns as a wide receiver. He also amassed 195 rushing yards and three scores on 19 attempts. As a senior, he earned first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors after leading the team in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions.
Watson appeared in all 13 games this season with 11 starts. He currently ranks second on the club with 37 receptions and 410 receiving yards, while adding two touchdowns.
"I just spoke to him before we came out on the field, he's disappointed but it's the right course of action right now," coach Pat Shurmur said of Watson. "I think he wishes he could still be with us, but we'll make this move now and hopefully get him back next year."
Would Watson consider retirement since it's his third concussion of the season?
"Not in our conversations," Shurmur said. "I don't know what guys think about in their quiet time, but we were talking more about getting ready for next season in his case. My mind hasn't gone there in anything else, but with Ben of course."
"I think it just kind of strung together on him. I think injuries sometimes come in bunches and it's unfortunate that he's sustained three concussions, but hopefully we can get through it where he can come back next season."
McCoy is still experiencing symptoms.
"I saw him this morning," Shurmu said. "He's still having some symptoms and that's why we sent him home. I wouldn't know exactly how to characterize it, but we'll talk about him, obviously, next week when we get back."
Might McCoy be placed on injured reserve?
"We have not discussed that at all," Shurmur said.
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