BEREA — Browns coach Hue Jackson is hopeful Tyrod Taylor will be cleared from the NFL's concussion protocol in time to serve as the team's No. 2 quarterback Sunday on the road against the Oakland Raiders.
"I think there is a good chance," Jackson said after Monday's practice.
Taylor suffered his third documented concussion in 13 months and was replaced by rookie Baker Mayfield late in the first half of the Browns' 21-17 victory over the New York Jets on "Thursday Night Football."
On Monday, Jackson announced Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick in April's draft, has supplanted Taylor as the starter after guiding the Browns out of their 19-game winless streak.
"Tyrod will be the backup if healthy," Jackson said. "He's still in the concussion protocol as far as I know. If [Taylor] is not able to go, [the backup] will be Drew Stanton."
Jackson said Taylor handled the news of his demotion like a professional.
"Nobody wants to hear that they're going in a different direction, but he understands it, too," Jackson said. "I think the most important thing he wants is to get healthy and make sure he's ready to help the football team. Any competitor is disappointed in that situation, but he's a pro."
Jackson insisted the Browns have no desire to trade Taylor, who's in the final season of his contract after spending the past three seasons as a Buffalo Bills starter and being traded to Cleveland in March for a third-round selection (No. 65 overall).
"He's going to be right here. He's not going anywhere," Jackson said. "I think that's important. I think part of Baker being able to play like he did was because of Tyrod and Drew. I don't want to upset that room that way. I don't think there's any reason to.
"Tyrod is going to be needed. He's the backup quarterback on this team if he's healthy, and he has played. His teammates know who he is and how he goes about the rhythm of his game. I think it's always good to have that kind of depth at that position."
Taylor was one of six Browns players who didn't practice Monday.
Starting defensive ends Myles Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah (ankle), backup tight end Seth DeValve (hamstring), starting free safety Damarious Randall (heel) and backup linebacker James Burgess (knee) were the others. Garrett, Ogbah and DeValve rode stationary bikes beside the field during the portion of practice open to media. Like Taylor, Randall and Burgess were not on the field.
"There's really nothing to report," Jackson said. "Myles is fine. Damarious still has the heel, but I think he'll be fine."
Starting linebacker Christian Kirksey returned to practice. He missed the past two games with an ankle injury.
The Browns usually travel for road games on Saturdays, but this week will be different because of the long trip to the Bay Area. They'll practice Friday morning at team headquarters in Berea and then board their flight.
"We're going to go out a day early," Jackson said.
Tight end swap
The Browns signed Pharaoh Brown to the practice squad and released fellow tight end Pharaoh McKever from the practice squad.
Brown, a graduate of Brush High School, appeared in two games with the Raiders last season and was waived by them this year during final roster cuts.