"Here's where we're at with Peyton," Shurmur said. "We want him to get healthy. We talked about him this morning, like we talked internally about the players that were injured yesterday. Our conversation about Peyton was, 'How do we proceed to get him back as quickly as possible?' That's where we are."
Hillis' second season in Cleveland has been loaded with drama and controversy. In addition to missing five games -- one with strep throat -- he has squabbled with the Browns over a contract extension, and some off-the-field actions have alienated him from some teammates.
Last week, a few of Hillis' teammates confronted him during a meeting about his behavior. Shurmur was asked if he was troubled that the nature of that conversation appeared in a news story.
"I talked to the players about making sure we keep family business family business," Shurmur said. "How it came out and what got talked about, I've discussed it with the players."
Also, starting wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi was sent home Monday, still feeling the effects of his second concussion in 13 months.
Shurmur said the Browns are closely monitoring Massaquoi and adhering to the NFL's medical policies on head injuries.
"We're very strict with that protocol when it involves concussion situations," he said. "And there is no wiggle room. We follow the guidelines as to when a player can be back and so, he was able to compete, he practiced, he followed all the guidelines and standards."
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press