Browns QB Jake Delhomme, who was already playing with a high ankle sprain, suffered a low sprain of his injured right ankle in the 20-10 loss to Atlanta Sunday, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported Monday, citing a league source.
Delhomme was playing only because QB Seneca Wallace had suffered an ankle injury of his own late in the first half. Per The Plain Dealer, Wallace has suffered a high ankle sprain and will attempt to play in Week Six at Cleveland.
Delhomme's status for the Week Six game at Pittsburgh appears in doubt, according to The Plain Dealer, which reported Delhomme will have an MRI on his ankle and suggested the quarterback could be out "an extended period of time."
The way we see it
The Browns have just one healthy quarterback on the roster — rookie Colt McCoy — which complicates preparations for a stout Pittsburgh defense in Week Six and may necessitate the club signing another quarterback.
Wallace played very well before his injury, completing 11-of-15 passes for 139 yards with one TD and no interceptions. Delhomme threw 23 passes, and completed 13 for 97 yards, but he threw two interceptions (both on deflections), and he noted afterward he was limited because of the injury. Considering the circumstances, he did the best he could, and it's notable that on the drive that ended with Falcons DE Kroy Biermann deflecting a pass and returning it 41 yards for the game-clinching TD, Delhomme had previously converted two first downs with throws.
Making matters worse for Cleveland: RB Peyton Hillis was bothered by a quad injury during the Falcons game. With their two top quarterbacks and best running back hurting, the Browns are compromised entering a matchup against a top opponent.