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Mangini: McCoy has ankle sprain, Delhomme '100 percent'

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Browns QB Colt McCoy was to undergo an MRI on his sprained ankle Monday, head coach Eric Mangini said Monday. He did not say whether the injury was a high ankle sprain, a condition that has caused QBs Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace to miss time this season.

“It’s definitely an ankle sprain, yes it is, but now it is just how it responds here in the early part," Mangini said. "See whether or not there’s any chance of that.”

The past two weeks Wallace has backed up McCoy, who was injured in the third quarter of the 24-20 loss at Jacksonville Sunday. Delhomme, the No. 3 quarterback in Week 11, "is back to 100 percent, or back to 100 percent as much as anybody could be 100 percent," Mangini said Monday.

Delhomme initially injured his ankle in the season opener at Tampa Bay and then reinjured the ankle in Week Five vs. Atlanta. He has not played since.

Mangini was noncommittal as to whether Delhomme or Wallace would play if McCoy, who has started the last five games, were out. 

"What I'd like to do is just wait until Wednesday and see how it does shake out in terms of where he is," Mangini said. "That's really what I like to do, and we'll figure it out at that point."

The way we see it

Delhomme's return bolsters the Browns' QB depth. The question now is whether McCoy's injury, should it keep the rookie sidelined on Sunday, opens the door for Delhomme to make just his second start of the season. Delhomme played well in the preseason and was the unquestioned starter in September.

Obviously, McCoy's emergence has complicated matters, but in a positive way for the Browns, who know Delhomme is only a short-term option at the position. Also, Wallace is a free agent at season's end.

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