Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden has been medically cleared to practice today and will prepare to start Sunday against the Oakland Raiders after suffering a concussion this past weekend in the Browns’ 20-14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, coach Pat Shurmur said.
“He was cleared to practice,” Shurmur said of Weeden. “He participated in the meetings, participated in the walk through, and he’ll do everything in practice today and we’ll get him ready to start on Sunday. If there are some unforeseen setbacks then, of course, Colt [McCoy] will start. But as we’re moving forward right now, he’s cleared to practice, and we’re moving ahead with Brandon.”
Shurmur said McCoy won’t receive many more practice reps than usual this week in case Weeden suffers an unexpected setback.
“No, not really,” Shurmur said. “The process goes you get the starter ready to go, and you give him all the looks you can give him. We may give [McCoy] a rep or two more, but for the most part, you get the starter ready to go. And at this point this early in the week, [Weeden is] healthy, so he goes.”
Other injury updates
Free safety Usama Young also suffered a concussion Sunday, but he has not been cleared to return to practice, Shurmur said.
Wide receiver/return specialist Josh Cribbs (shoulder) and special-teams ace Ray Ventrone (calf) did not practice today, either.
Cornerback Dimitri Patterson will return to practice today, Shurmur said. Patterson, the team’s top nickel corner, has missed the past six games with a left high-ankle sprain and a torn ligament.
Middle linebacker D’Qwell Jackson has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week. He compiled a team-high nine tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery against the Steelers.
“The guys in the middle of the defense tend to do most of the communicating and getting everybody lined up, and he obviously does that extremely well for us,” Shurmur said. “I just see the way he functions in the building. I see the way he functions in the locker room, and I’ve seen him be a good leader for our guys.”
Jackson won the AFC Defensive Player of the Month award in September 2011.
Shurmur said he talked to rookie special teamer Tank Carder about his controversial tweet in which he used an anti-gay slur. Shurmur said the tweet was “very inappropriate, very wrong and not something that we condone.” … Defensive end Juqua Parker will serve as the Browns’ fourth captain against the Raiders.
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