Colt McCoy: If Available, Should He Start Again This Season?

Joe Hunley@Browns_ReportContributor IDecember 10, 2010

PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 17:  Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns scambles away from the Pittsburgh Steelers defense during the game on October 17, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Several news sources are reporting that Colt McCoy, quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, had limited practice on Friday. This is the first time McCoy has practiced since suffering a high ankle sprain against the Jacksonville Jaguars three weeks ago. McCoy may be the No. 3 quarterback, provided his ankle responds well in practice, when the Browns face the Buffalo Bills this Sunday.

As a rookie quarterback, McCoy played very well in his five starts, minus a few mistakes expected from a rookie. Victories over New England and New Orleans, as well as his performance in his three losses, have given Cleveland fans a desire to see McCoy in action as soon as he is healthy.

I enjoy watching McCoy, and believe that the Browns play at a higher level when he is at the helm. However, I do question whether it would be a wise move to play McCoy so late in the season, coming off an injury, and with Baltimore and Pittsburgh on the horizon.

Against Buffalo, Jake Delhomme will be making his third start since McCoy's injury. The Browns are coming off two successful outings, one against the Miami Dolphins, and one against the Carolina Panthers. Neither of these wins can be considered impressive; however, a win is a win.

The Browns do have two healthy quarterbacks, Delhomme and Seneca Wallace, meaning there would be no rush to start McCoy.

One benefit to starting McCoy, provided he is healthy, would be to get a glimpse of how he performs in the cold, snow, and frigid winds. My definition of healthy is being 100%, not 75%.

The selfish side of me wants to start McCoy as soon as possible, and I'm sure many fans and coaches share that desire. Provided McCoy gets a clean bill of health, and is available to start, would starting him be a wise decision?

After three weeks, McCoy is in limited practice—a faster recovery than those of Delhomme and Wallace. Is it worth starting McCoy against Baltimore or Pittsburgh with the possibility of aggravating or re-injuring his ankle? Other than seeing McCoy in action, and in winter weather, what is there to gain?