Wee­den un­cer­tain for Steel­ers game

If he can’t play, former Longhorn Colt Mccoy will as­sume the QB role.

Austin American-Statesman - - NFL - By Marla Ri­de­nour Akron Bea­con Jour­nal

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.

Colt McCoy suf­fered a con­cus­sion against Pitts­burgh last year.

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