The Cleveland Browns and Colt McCoy both hoped the quarterback would be able to return to practice this week in preparation for the season finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he still has not been cleared to do so.
Knowing that, it seems all but officially announced that backup Seneca Wallace will be making his third start of the season on Sunday.
McCoy hasn’t been completely shut down in the last few weeks, as he has been running, lifting weights, attending team meetings, and just about everything else except participating in actual drills. Despite that, he has not been medically cleared to return to the field.
Not playing is probably in McCoy’s best interest. The Browns aren’t playing for anything except draft position at this point, and going up against the Pittsburgh Steelers not feeling 100% would not go well. If the playoffs were on the line, it might be a different story, but it’s time Colt McCoy began thinking ahead to 2012.
If this is truly the end of Colt McCoy’s 2011 season, here are his final stats:
- 265-463 (57.2% completion rate) for 2,733 yards, 14 touchdowns, 11 interceptions
- 61 rushes for 212 yards
- 32 sacks, 11 fumbles (2 lost)