Bad Ankle Browns
So far in 2010 the Cleveland Brown quarterbacks have been hit hard by the dreaded high ankle sprain. They’ve been hit so hard that rookie Colt McCoy might be forced into action this weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Derek Anderson suffered a high ankle sprain in the teams season opener, which forced the Browns to start Seneca Wallace. Wallace has actually performed well in the starter role, but he has been doomed to the same fate as his predecessor. Wallace suffered his injury in the closing moments of the first half when Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham sacked him.
So that’s two quarterbacks down and on to McCoy the Browns went for the second half, right? Wrong.
Instead of going to the rookie, Eric “Mangenius” Mangini decided to force his initial starter Anderson back into service. Anderson was no where close to being able to return, so much so that he need a pain killing injection prior to the game to be ready. So once he was needed, Eric thrust him into action, ready or not.
What happened then? Derek was a sitting duck and got banged up even more. Anderson now has a high and low ankle sprain which should keep him out of action for a while.
So with both of them out of action, you’d expect McCoy to play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers right? Wrong, again. Tony Grossi, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports that Wallace is under going an aggressive rehabilitation program to get him ready for action.
I’m guessing it won’t work and Wallace will be another sitting duck out there, much like Anderson was. If the Browns really had a program that could cure a high ankle sprain so fast then how come Anderson has been out almost the whole season? It’s because they don’t.
If the pain is too severe for Wallace, they’ll have no choice and the question becomes who does Mangini bring in? There’s plenty of speculation that QB would be Brett Ratliff whose sitting on the New England Patriots practice squad.
Don’t get me wrong thou, Mangini will just do whatever he has to so he doesn’t have to go with McCoy next week. There’s no chance he wants to go into the weekend with a rookie at QB. With his ego you know he really wants to stick it to the Steelers the week Big Ben returns.
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