Browns coach Eric Mangini said he's leaning toward starting rookie quarterback Colt McCoy on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers if the team's top two quarterbacks, Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace, are unavailable.
Both Delhomme and Wallace missed Wednesday's practice with sprained right ankles, but Mangini said he has not ruled either one of the them out for Sunday. Mangini also has not ruled out the possibility of staring quarterback Brett Ratliff, whom the Browns signed off the New England Patriots' practice squad on Tuesday.
"That's the way I'm leaning if Jake and Seneca aren't available," Mangini said when asked if McCoy will start Sunday. "But I also want to see the way things progress this week. I have confidence in Colt and I have confidence in Brett, but I want to take a look at the practices, too. (McCoy) will get a majority of the reps."
Ratliff said the Patriots also offered him a spot on their 53-man roster, but he chose the Browns because he believes he'll have a better chance of playing in Cleveland. He also revealed he expects to be McCoy's backup on Sunday. Neither Ratliff nor McCoy have ever taken a snap in an NFL regular-season game.
"There's a greater opportunity for me to get into the game," Ratliff said. "I'll be (the) No. 2 (quarterback), and I just couldn't pass that up as a competitive athlete, player. It's the opportunity I've been waiting for, so I couldn't pass it up."