Browns QBs Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace were to miss practice Wednesday with ankle injuries, and head coach Eric Mangini said rookie Colt McCoy would start Sunday at New Orleans if Delhomme and Wallace were unavailable.
"If we don't have progress with Jake and Seneca then that would be the case," Mangini said, according to the team, when asked if McCoy would make his second start in a row.
Neither Delhomme nor Wallace practiced or played last week. Brett Ratliff, signed last week off New England's practice squad, was McCoy's backup in the 28-10 loss at Pittsburgh.
In his first NFL start, McCoy completed 23-of-33 passes for 281 yards with one TD pass at Pittsburgh. He also threw two interceptions and was sacked five times.
The way we see it
Mangini praised McCoy's preparation leading up to his debut, and the rookie passer will need another good week of practice to be ready should he start against New Orleans, the prospect of which seems fairly likely with Delhomme and Wallace injured and the Browns' bye next week. Mangini may have tipped his hand on the potential of McCoy starting at the beginning of his press conference Wednesday when speaking of the Saints.
"In terms of what we're preparing for today, it's another tremendous challenge," Mangini said. "It's a team that defensively, Colt faced one level of blitzing last week and that was a very specific style and a very specific style of defense in a very challenging environment. It's the same thing here; it's going to be loud when he's out there and there's going to be a lot of variations of blitzes."
While McCoy played well in his debut, he's not going to draw starting consideration in most formats. Fantasy owners who need QB help, as well as those in keeper leagues, need to keep an eye on the Browns' QB situation to see if McCoy earns more playing time after the bye.