Connor Shaw Injury: Updates on Browns QB's Recovery from Thumb Surgery

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Connor Shaw was placed on season-ending injured reserve, according to Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. It was revealed on Aug. 16 that Shaw would need surgery to repair ligament damage in his thumb suffered during the Browns' 20-17 loss to the Washington Redskins on Aug. 13.

"With Connor Shaw done for [the] year, [the] Browns will likely look for [a] young QB to spend [the] season developing on [the] practice squad, be activated if needed," predicted Petrak.

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported on Aug. 16 that Shaw was facing a 12-week recovery.

"I feel for Connor because he has worked extremely hard," Browns head coach Mike Pettine said in a statement on Aug. 16. "He's a competitor and has had a great offseason and a good camp so far. He is good for the quarterback room, and it's unfortunate that this injury won't allow him to compete."

Shaw, 23, went 5-of-10 for 64 yards in Cleveland's preseason opener. He was competing with Thaddeus Lewis for the team's third quarterback job. Undrafted out of South Carolina in 2014, Shaw made one start as a rookie, completing 14 of 28 passes for 177 yards with an interception.

Shaw's injury is a break for Lewis, who was probably going to be the odd man out in the quarterback rotation. The former Duke standout was with the Houston Texans in 2014.

Johnny Manziel, who is dealing with an elbow injury, can also breathe a sigh of relief, as he appears locked in as the team's backup.

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