Browns president Mike Holmgren said quarterback Colt McCoy was not checked for a concussion on the sideline following a hit by Pittsburgh's James Harrison last Thursday because McCoy didn't exhibit signs of having a head injury.

McCoy was laid out on a vicious helmet-to-face mask hit. Harrison was been suspended for one game without pay.

Holmgren said the Browns' medical and training staff did not see the hit and did not realize the impact because they were treating other injured players at the time.

McCoy was "lucid and talking," Holmgren said, when they tended to him on the field.

"He didn't display any signs of a concussion," Holmgren said, adding McCoy did not show any concussion-like symptoms until well after the game.

McCoy was sent home with a headache before Wednesday's practice and Holmgren said the team is following protocol to treat him.

Harrison appeals

Harrison had a hearing on his appeal of the one-game suspension via video conference call. No decision is expected until Thursday at the earliest.

Harrison was suspended for Pittsburgh's Monday night game at San Francisco because of his hit on McCoy in Pittsburgh's 14-3 win.

The NFL cited Harrison's history of flagrant hits - this was his fifth on a quarterback - in making him the first player suspended under stricter guidelines for player safety that were invoked midway through last season.

Suh focuses on game

Ndamukong Suh declined to answer questions about his two-game suspension and car accident after rejoining his Detroit Lions teammates for the first time in two weeks.

"The most important thing right now is this football team and not me individually," the defensive tackle said.

Trouble in 'Big D'

The Cowboys have blown fourth-quarter leads in five of their six losses this season and three of the leads were double-digit margins.

In the previous 51 seasons of their history, the 'Boys lost only twice when leading in the final quarter by double digits.

Think about that the next time you nominate Rob Ryan as Andy Reid's successor.


Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger watched practice to rest his sprained left ankle, and backups Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon say they are preparing to play Monday against San Francisco.

Newly appointed Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel named Kyle Orton Kansas City's starting quarterback, replacing Tyler Palko.

The sale of the Jacksonville Jaguars from franchise founder Wayne Weaver to Pakistani-born Shahid Khan was unanimously approved by NFL owners. The deal reportedly is for $760 million.

Elsewhere: Packers coach Mike McCarthy said wide receiver Greg Jennings will miss two to three weeks with a knee sprain but is expected back for the playoffs. . . . Dallas placed Jon Kitna on injured reserve with a back injury, ending the quarterback's 15th NFL season and possibly his career.