Browns head coach Eric Mangini indicated Wednesday he likely would start rookie Colt McCoy at Pittsburgh on Sunday if QBs Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace can't play because of ankle injuries, multiple media outlets reported.
Wallace and Delhomme were to miss practice Wednesday with their injuries, according to the club.
McCoy has yet to play in an NFL regular-season game, though he did appear in all four of Cleveland's preseason games. The Browns selected him in the third round of the 2010 draft.
In other Browns injury news, Mangini indicated that RB Peyton Hillis, who will miss practice Wednesday with a quad injury, should return to practice later in the week and play on Sunday. Hillis has rushed for a team-high 350 yards on 76 carries.
The way we see it
With the status of Wallace and Delhomme in doubt, McCoy will need all of the practice repetitions he can get with the Cleveland offense in advance of Sunday's game at Pittsburgh. By that same token, the Browns will need to get newly re-signed Brett Ratliff some work in practice, too. That Mangini has suggested he is likely to start McCoy over Ratliff should be no surprise, as McCoy beat out Ratliff for the No. 3 QB job before the season.
Mangini indicating that Hillis should play Sunday is a positive sign for the offense. Hillis has been their offensive MVP through five games, scoring five of the team's nine TDs and racking up 493 combined rushing-receiving yards.
McCoy, should he start Sunday, doesn't merit consideration in most fantasy formats. Hillis doesn't have an ideal matchup — the Steelers are allowing a league-low 62.3 yards per game on the ground — but he's the only consistent Cleveland scoring threat and could have some value as a "flex" player or a No. 2 running back.