Browns quarterback Seneca Wallace struggled to walk Sunday night when spotted dining out at a downtown Cleveland restaurant and labored negotiating the stairs as he left.
Wallace also allowed his female companion to drive home, said a friend who saw the pair.
That does not bode well for his availability not just this week at Pittsburgh, but for the next several weeks. Wallace suffered a sprained right ankle in the 20-10 loss to Atlanta and it could be the same type of high ankle sprain that still has starter Jake Delhomme hobbling from his Sept. 12 injury.
What to do with the quarterback situation could be the watershed moment for Browns coach Eric Mangini as he fights to save his job. The 1-4 Browns visit Pittsburgh and New Orleans, have an Oct. 31 bye, then host New England and the New York Jets. Of those four foes, only the Saints are struggling.
Mangini did not turn to rookie Colt McCoy against the Falcons, but will have to get him ready for the Steelers, no matter how Delhomme looks in practice this week.