Monday, November 26, 2012
Weeden's status for Sunday is uncertain
By Jamison Hensley
It's unclear whether rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden will play this Sunday at Oakland. Weeden suffered a concussion in the closing minutes in Sunday's 20-14 win over Pittsburgh.
Browns coach Pat Shurmur told reporters Monday that Weeden is going through the "strict concussion protocol and I'll know way more on Wednesday" when the team starts practicing for the Raiders.
Some doctors recommend people to avoid flying for two weeks after sustaining a concussion, especially if it's a long one. The cross-country trip could work against Weeden.
If Weeden can't play, Colt McCoy will start for the first time since suffering a concussion on Dec. 8 in Pittsburgh. McCoy replaced Weeden for the final two drives against the Steelers but he didn't throw a pass.
"I've got all the confidence in the world in Colt," Shurmur said.
This past Sunday, Weeden posted a 13.4 Total QBR, the lowest by any quarterback in a win this season and the lowest in a win against Pittsburgh over the past five seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information. It's the second loss for the Steelers in 2012 in which the opposing quarterback had a sub-40.0 QBR after having no such losses in 2010 and 2011.