BEREA – Browns quarterback Colt McCoy didn’t practice Wednesday with an illness.
Coach Eric Mangini didn’t mention it during his pre-practice news conference and McCoy didn’t appear in the locker room during the 45 minutes open to the media. A team spokesman said he arrived at work not feeling well and remained in the building as the team practiced outside in the cold and snow.
His availability for Thursday’s practice wasn’t known.
Running back Peyton Hillis also missed with an unspecified injury. But he and Mangini said the move was to give him more rest and that he would return Thursday and play Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.
Hillis has 252 carries after only 88 in his previous two NFL seasons. He took issue with the notion that he’s slowed down lately.
“I feel great,” he said. “It is a long season. It’s tough on your body, but I think my body is holding up well. I don’t see any major differences to the beginning of the season.”
Also missing practice were tight ends Robert Royal and Evan Moore, defensive lineman Shaun Rogers and linebacker/special teamer Eric Alexander.
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