Browns packing it up
Cleveland Browns Could Start Thaddeus Lewis at QB Against Steelers
Brandon Weeden suffered a shoulder injury during the third quarter of last week's game against the Broncos and was replaced by Colt McCoy. As it turns out, McCoy also injured his shoulder in that game and is receiving treatment. Neither player has been ruled out for Sunday's finale against the Steelers, but Lewis took all of the first-team reps during Wednesday's practice.
The Browns aren't strangers to starting new quarterbacks in Week 17 against the Steelers. In 2008, they started Bruce Gradkowski and lost 31-0. With the long list of injuries to key players over the past 2-3 weeks, something like that can't be ruled out of the question.
RB Trent Richardson is banged up after suffering an ankle injury at the end of last week's game. S Usama Young was placed on injured reserve for a thumb injury that will require surgery.
Perhaps the shining light is the fact that the Steelers are also in a gloomy mood. They were just eliminated from playoff contention, Ben Roethlisberger is playing terrible, and several players, including CB Ike Taylor, were placed on injured reserve.
Whoever starts at quarterback on Sunday, whether it be Weeden, McCoy, or Lewis, hopefully they can have a solid game to help Cleveland sweep Pittsburgh for the first time in the post-1999 era.