Cleveland Browns QB Situation: MRI Results Are In, Who Will Play Sunday?

David LurieContributor IOctober 11, 2010

BALTIMORE - SEPTEMBER 26:  Seneca Wallace #6 of the Cleveland Browns falls on the ball after a mishandled handoff against the Baltimore Ravens  at M&T Bank Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Browns 24-17. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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Today, Cleveland Browns quarterbacks Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme were examined following injuries sustained in yesterday's 20-10 loss to Atlanta. MRI's showed that Wallace has a high ankle sprain but no timetable is set on his return, and Delhomme now has a low ankle sprain to add to the previous high ankle sprain.

Hence, the Browns will limp into next week's game at their hated rival the Pittsburgh Steelers, as star running back Peyton Hillis is banged up as well.

The obvious headline is the return of suspended Steelers quarterback Ben Rothelisberger but the Browns are more worried about their own offense for the time being. 

This offseason the Browns started the Mike Holmgren era by reshaping the quarterback position. After getting rid of last year's starters, Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn, the team signed veteran quarterback Jake Delhomme and gave him starter's money. To back him up Holmgren turned to his former team and traded for backup Seneca Wallace. 

Delhomme started the season and barely made it through the first regular season game, which resulted in a loss and a high ankle sprain for the former Panthers star.

Wallace played well in Delhomme's absence and produced the team's first win of the season. In Game 5, Wallace's fourth start in a row, he went down with the same injury as Delhomme suffered in Game 1.

Delhomme, who has not yet healed, was forced to come in and play even though he was immobile. The result was two interceptions and a loss for the Browns.

Now the only healthy quarterback on the roster is rookie quarterback Colt McCoy. Should the Browns give him a chance?

It's been speculated by the media that the Browns will sign another free agent QB to play instead of McCoy if Wallace isn't healthy enough, but the next Joe Montana is not sitting on the waiver wire.

The logical choice would be to sign former Browns quarterback Bret Ratliff, who is currently on New England's practice squad since he already knows the offense and the Browns will need a backup in case McCoy manages to get hurt. 

But if Ratliff is brought back, does he get the start over McCoy, who Holmgren said would not play this year? Or maybe this is the one circumstance Mangini was talking about where McCoy would start. Only time will tell, but Browns fans better hope that Hillis can get healthy by Sunday.

If McCoy comes in and wins in his first start against Pittsburgh, Browns fans will never forget. In this league anything is possible. If Hillis can get healthy and the defense plays as well as it has been, anything can happen.