Just several days after losing Brady Quinn to a broken finger, Cleveland also lost Derek Anderson to a left MCL injury in the waning moments of Sunday's 10-6 defeat to the Indianapolis Colts. The recovery time for MCL injuries is usually 3-4 weeks, which likely means Anderson is out for the remainder of the 2008 season.
Anderson was hurt Sunday when Browns right tackle Kevin Shaffer landed on Anderson's leg on the final drive.
"It didn't look good with him coming off,'' Browns coach Romeo Crennel said after the game. "I'm not encouraged by the way he came off the field."
Ken Dorsey, who entered the year as the third-string quarterback, will start next week against the Tennessee Titans and probably for the rest of the year. He didn't throw a pass all season until Anderson went down in the fourth quarter. He finished the game 0 for 3.
"It's always hard to see any guy come off the field like that,'' Dorsey said of Anderson. "Injuries are part of the NFL, but you hate to see it anytime it happens."
Anderson, coming off a Pro Bowl season in 2007, struggled this year and finished with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. With Quinn penciled in as Cleveland's starter next year, the Browns likely will try to trade Anderson in the offseason.
In an ugly scene Sunday, some Browns fans cheered when Anderson was injured.
"They were cheering the fact that I was hurt," Anderson said, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "They don't like me. That's well known."
James Walker covers the AFC North for ESPN.com.