BEREA - Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme was "very encouraged" Thursday morning after making it through practice Wednesday. He seems on track to starting Sunday against the Falcons after missing three games with a high ankle sprain.
"I think I did a lot more than I did last week and it didn't blow up on me," Delhomme said before practice.
Delhomme and Seneca Wallace took turns Thursday with the first team during a walkthrough while practice was open to the media. Delhomme's ankle clearly isn't 100 percent, but it's improving daily.
He's leaving the decision on whether he starts against Atlanta up to the coaches.
"The film doesn't lie," Delhomme said. "They'll be able to see through the course of the week whether I can be effective or help or hurt our team. I'm going to go out and do what I can do. Do whatever reps I do get and leave it in their hands.
"But I'm very encouraged. I feel good after yesterday."
Coach Eric Mangini said Wallace will continue to get a "substantial" number of repetitions in practice so both quarterbacks will be prepared to start.
In other news:
** Center Alex Mack (right shoulder) didn't practice for the second straight day, but Mangini said he expects him to play Sunday. Mack had the shoulder in a brace under a sweatshirt as he watched practice.
Rookie Shawn Lauvao took his place with the first team.
** Defensive ends Robaire Smith (back) and Kenyon Coleman (knee), offensive lineman John St. Clair (ankle) and special teamer Nick Sorensen (calf) didn't practice. Nose tackle Shaun Rogers (ankle, hip) returned in a limited role.
** Mangini said running back Jerome Harrison isn't in the doghouse despite not taking an offensive snap until the final kneel-downs against the Bengals.
** Mangini said receiver Brian Robiskie was inactive Sunday solely because of a strained hamstring. "It was completely health-based," Mangini said.
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