The Browns signed QB Brett Ratliff off the Patriots' practice squad on Monday and have informed him he will back up Colt McCoy, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday via Twitter.
The signing of Ratliff comes after Seneca Wallace suffered an ankle injury in the 20-10 loss to Atlanta Sunday and Jake Delhomme, in relief of Wallace, suffered a low ankle sprain vs. the Falcons, according to The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer. Delhomme already had a high ankle sprain and did not start vs. Atlanta because of the injury.
McCoy, 24, was a third-round pick in the 2010 draft. He has yet to appear in an NFL game. He starred collegiately at Texas, throwing for 13,253 yards in four seasons.
Ratliff, 25, spent last season as a Browns reserve quarterback. He was waived in September. He previously played for Browns head coach Eric Mangini with the Jets, and the Browns traded for him in April 2009 in the deal that sent the Jets the No. 5 overall selection, which New York used to select Mark Sanchez.
The way we see it
McCoy, if he starts, will have three days to get into rhythm with the Browns' first-team offense before facing a Steelers defense that's tough on quarterbacks who have never played against it before; note the struggles of Titans QB Vince Young in Week Two. The Steelers stuff the run, generate strong pass-rush pressure and have several elite playmakers.
Stay away from all Browns skill-position players this week. With a rookie QB potentially going against a top defense, it's best to keep your Browns on the bench in Week Six.