BEREA – Browns quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy won’t practice today with injuries to their throwing shoulders, and running back Trent Richardson will rest with an ankle injury. But coach Pat Shurmur didn’t rule any of them out for Sunday’s season finale in Pittsburgh.
The injuries to Weeden and Richardson were known Sunday, but McCoy’s injury wasn’t announced until this morning. Shurmur said McCoy was also hurt Sunday in the 34-12 loss to the Broncos.
McCoy replaced Weeden and was sacked four times and took several big hits. Shurmur said he complained of a sore shoulder to the medical staff.
With Weeden (shoulder sprain) and McCoy out, Thaddeus Lewis will take the first-team repetitions in practice and is in line to start. He was activated from the practice squad Monday and has never played in an NFL game.
Josh Johnson, who played four seasons and made five starts with Tampa Bay, was signed today as insurance. He would back up Lewis if Weeden and McCoy can’t go.
The quarterback scenario is reminiscent of 2008, when Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn were injured and recent signee Bruce Gradkowski started the finale at Pittsburgh. The Browns lost 31-0.
Richardson’s ankle was injured when McCoy fell on him in the final minute. Shurmur said Richardson nor Weeden will require surgery.
Safety Usama Young was placed on injured reserve with a thumb injury, clearing a roster spot for Johnson. Shurmur said surgery is likely.
Tashaun Gipson, who missed the Broncos game after hurting his foot in practice, is expected to practice today. If he’s healthy, he and Eric Hagg would start at the safety spots.
The Browns also signed defensive back Jordan Mabin (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) to the practice squad.