BEREA – Browns coach Eric Mangini officially named quarterback Jake Delhomme the starter for Sunday’s game vs. the Carolina Panthers.
Delhomme, who hasn’t started since the opener because of a pair of ankle injuries, spent seven years with the Panthers before being cut in March. He led them to the Super Bowl during the 2003 season.
“I’m really excited about him playing,” Mangini said Friday morning before practice. “It’s good for him to have this opportunity, especially against a team he has a lot of familiarity with.”
Rookie Colt McCoy had started the last five games, but suffered a high ankle sprain Sunday in a 24-20 loss to Jacksonville. He didn’t practice all week, and Mangini didn’t know if he’d be healthy enough to dress as the third quarterback vs. the Panthers.
Seneca Wallace will be the backup.
In other injury news, Mangini said he was optimistic receiver/returner Joshua Cribbs will play Sunday. Cribbs wasn’t expected to practice with the team Friday but was going to increase his workload with trainers. He dislocated multiple toes Nov. 14 against the Jets and hasn’t practiced or played since.
Linebacker Eric Barton (shoulder) returned to practice. Defensive back Mike Adams (abdomen) and tight end Benjamin Watson (ankle) returned to practice Thursday.
Cornerback Eric Wright (knee) and linebacker Scott Fujita (knee) didn’t practice and aren’t expected to play.
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