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Mangini says that if McCoy is ready, he will start vs Bengals

For Browns fans who are hoping that rookie QB Colt McCoy will find his way back into the lineup Sunday in Cincinnati, coach Eric Mangini feels your pain.

And he’s hoping come Wednesday, McCoy won’t have much pain and will be able to take a big step towards starting the game against the 2-11 Bengals.

“I’m going to see where we’re at on Wednesday and kind of go from there,” said Mangini. “He was able to get to where he could function as the third [in Buffalo], so we’ve got to see where that is and think about it and we’ll go from there.”

McCoy told Jim Donovan of the Browns Radio Network on Sunday that he thinks he will be healthy enough to start Sunday, and the Browns need it after two rather awful starts by Jake Delhomme in Miami and Buffalo as the team went 1-1.

And you can pretty much rule out backup Seneca Wallace, who hasn’t had a shot to play since the Falcons game when he went down with an ankle injury. Mangini seems to want no part of the former Hawks backup at this point.

“If Colt couldn’t play, then I’d go with Delhomme,” said Mangini.

McCoy returned to practice on a limited basis on Friday and moved well in pre-game warmups in Buffalo. He shed the walking boot last week, and if he can take the field even on a limited basis Wednesday, then it will be a good sign that he will be starting against the Bengals.

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2 Responses to “Mangini says that if McCoy is ready, he will start vs Bengals”

  1. Dan B. says:

    If Colt is not 100%, then he sits. That being said Wallace should get the nod. Delhomme may be agreat guy, but his QB days are long gone. He inspires nothing in the offense as the last 3 games have shown, we were fortunate to win two of them despite Delhomme. Wallace’s stats and moving the offense before he was injured should have had him starting since Colt went down.

    If Colt is not ready, don’t risk next year against two of the toughest defenses around, further injury to him would set us back even further next year. Wallace was brought here for a reason, let him prove it, Delhomme sure has not!

  2. Chris says:

    Amen, Dan. You are 100% right on. I’d love to see Colt be able to go but if he’s not I want Wallace under center. All during the off-season I was saying that Wallace shouldn’t be overlooked in the QB rotation and people dismissed the idea. He was just a backup/gimmick role player in most people’s minds. Yet of our two veteran QB’s, it has been Wallace who’s been more capable of making us look like a legit, professional team. Reward him for that if Colt can’t go. Delhomme is a coach in player’s clothing at this stage of his career. If we want to move forward and progress, we aren’t going to do that with Yakob. Yakob is done like dinner.

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