Browns QB Jake Delhomme, who has missed the past three games with an ankle injury, was limited in practice on Wednesday. Head coach Eric Mangini, speaking before practice, said Delhomme and backup Seneca Wallace would split snaps to get both players ready to start vs. Atlanta Sunday in the event Delhomme had to miss another game, and he indicated Thursday could be a key day for determining Delhomme's status.
Asked whether Delhomme was "ready" to return to the lineup or not, Mangini said the club was proceeding that way, according to an interview transcript provided by the team.
"However, we've got to go through today with more reps," Mangini said. "It will be more reps today than it was last week, so how he wakes up tomorrow and what that looks like will give us a better idea of whether or not he's ready to actually go or whether we are just a step closer."
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Delhomme, 35, played well in the preseason, and his 41-yard TD pass to WR Mohamed Massaquoi in the season opener at Tampa Bay highlighted his willingness to throw downfield, which could be an asset if teams start to deploy more personnel close to the line of scrimmage to stop the run. The key now for Delhomme is limiting mistakes; he threw two interceptions in Week One, and he struggled with turnovers in his final season in Carolina.
The 30-year-old Wallace has played well in Delhomme's place, completing 52-of-85 passes for 554 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.