Starting quarterback Brandon Weeden won’t play in the Browns’ preseason finale Thursday night against the Chicago Bears, coach Pat Shurmur said this afternoon during his post-practice news conference. Colt McCoy will start, and fellow quarterbacks Seneca Wallace and Thaddeus Lewis also will play, Shurmur said.
The competition between McCoy and Wallace for the No. 2 quarterback job is still up in the air, Shurmur said.
“I think as they’re out there playing, we’re gathering information about whether they’re gonna be a member of the 53[-man roster],” he said.
The preseason finale could have served as one final tune-up for Weeden. Shurmur, however, is confident Weeden is ready for the Sept. 9 regular-season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.
“I think he’s very prepared,” Shurmur said. “I think he’s had an outstanding camp. I thought he had an outstanding offseason and really he’s kind of improved every day. So for a guy that’s going through this for the first time as a pro, I think he’s very ready.”
Weeden won’t be the only starter who rests Thursday night.
“For the most part, the guys that are ones will play very little if at all,” Shurmur said. “I’ll keep the names private at this point.”
Starting strongside linebacker Scott Fujita returned to practice today after sitting out since injuring his left knee Aug. 10 against the Detroit Lions. Fujita missed the final seven games of the 2010 season with a torn MCL in the same knee.
Strong safety David Sims and defensive lineman Brian Schaefering both returned to practice after sitting out Monday with undisclosed injuries.
Tight end Jordan Cameron joined the list of players sidelined with injuries. Cameron suffered a bone bruise in his lower back against the Lions, but he played Friday night against the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s unknown whether he suffered a new injury or his back is giving him problems.
In addition to Cameron, the following eight players sat out during practice: cornerback Dimitri Patterson (right ankle), running back Chris Ogbonnaya (left ankle), rookie running back Trent Richardson (had arthroscopic surgery on left knee Aug. 9), strong safety Ray Ventrone (right hamstring), defensive tackle Scott Paxson (right knee), offensive lineman Oniel Cousins (right leg), tight end Benjamin Watson (undisclosed) and defensive tackle Phil Taylor (had surgery to repair torn pectoral muscle May 16 and is on the physically unable to perform list).
Rookie linebacker Emmanuel Acho, a sixth-round draft pick, was placed on injured reserve Monday with an injured knee, Shurmur said. … Strong safety T.J. Ward intercepted a pass from Lewis during a seven-on-seven drill this afternoon. … Wide receiver Rod Windsor dropped two passes from Wallace in 11-on-11 action.