Weeden uncertain for Steelers game
If he can’t play, former Longhorn Colt Mccoy will assume the QB role.
BEREA, OHIO — With Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden’s status uncertain for Sunday’s season finale at Pittsburgh with what initially was diagnosed as a sprained right shoulder, the stage seems set for former Longhorn Colt McCoy to return to the scene of his 2011 concussion that sparked changes in the way the NFL handles head injuries.
But Browns coach Pat Shurmur didn’t rule out Weeden or running back Trent Richardson, who suffered a left ankle injury on the second-to-last offensive play of a 34-12 loss Sunday at Denver.
The Browns (5-10) will try to sweep the Steelers (7-8) for the first time since 1988.
“We’re still evaluating those injuries,” Shurmur said Monday. “In the case of Trent, X-rays didn’t show a break, but we haven’t finished up the evaluation. He was actually feeling better today. So we’ll see how that goes. Brandon ... at this point it’s a sprain, so we’ll see where that goes.
“Either one of ’em, no, I wouldn’t rule them out yet.”
The Browns, though, elevated third-string quarterback Thaddeus Lewis from their practice squad to their active roster. He would serve as McCoy’s backup if Weeden sits out against the Steelers.
To make room for Lewis on the 53-man roster, the Browns placed wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi on injured reserve. Massaquoi, a second-round draft pick in 2009, has an injured knee and was inactive Sunday. Massaquoi’s contract expires in March, meaning his career with the Browns might be over. He compiled 17 catches for 254 yards and started five of the nine games in which he appeared this season.
Richardson has not missed a game despite suffering a rib injury Oct. 14 against the Bengals that he said was more serious than people thought. For the Broncos, he was listed as probable with chest, rib and finger injuries. In high school, Richardson underwent surgery on both ankles to have screws inserted.
With 53 yards on nine carries in Denver, Richardson increased his season total to 950 rushing yards, breaking Jim Brown’s franchise record for rookies.
The previous week against Washington, he scored his 10th and 11th rushing touchdowns, shattering another rookie mark held by Brown.