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It would preferable if Browns QB Colt McCoy started on Sunday vs. Carolina, but if an injured ankle keeps him out of the lineup, the prospect of Jake Delhomme getting the start against his old club isn't such a bad thing.
Delhomme, who will be 36 in January, has played six quarters this season, and he's only been healthy for about two of them. He suffered an ankle injury throwing an interception late in the first half of the season opener vs. Tampa Bay, and it is has been all downhill for him from there.
Delhomme is under contract through 2011, and at the moment, it seems more likely he would be considered for backup duty than starting duty next season. McCoy has been a revelation, and of the quarterbacks currently on the roster, he has to be the favorite to start in 2011 unless he fades badly down the stretch. Backup Seneca Wallace is a free agent; he could return in a reserve role, but perhaps he can contend for a starting job with another club.
Delhomme had a very good preseason, and he was playing well vs. the Buccaneers before throwing the pick with Cleveland up 14-3. Head coach Eric Mangini said Monday that Delhomme is healthy once again. Seeing him play another game or two at full strength would be useful in Cleveland's evaluation of him for 2011.
Obviously, though, the best possible outcome for Cleveland would be McCoy returning to the lineup as soon as possible, for the Browns have the most to learn about him.