Third-string QB Dorsey gets nod in Browns finale

Updated: December 26, 2006, 7:24 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

The Cleveland Browns will wrap up another disappointing season this weekend and, somewhat appropriately, they will do so by having reached the end of their quarterback depth chart.

Ken Dorsey
Dorsey

Four-year veteran Ken Dorsey, who began the season as the top backup to starter Charlie Frye and then slipped to No. 3 in the pecking order, will get his first start in more than a year in Sunday's season finale against the Houston Texans.

Dorsey, 25, will replace Derek Anderson, who suffered a separated right shoulder in the Christmas Eve loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Anderson had started three straight games after Frye sustained a wrist injury on Dec. 3. With Frye and Anderson unable to play, the Browns likely will sign a quarterback before Sunday to serve as Dorsey's backup.

Cleveland will join Tampa Bay as the only two teams in the league to use three different starting quarterbacks in 2006.

The game will mark Dorsey's first start since Nov. 27, 2005, when he was playing with the San Francisco 49ers. The Browns acquired Dorsey in a May 2006 trade that sent veteran quarterback Trent Dilfer to the 49ers.

The former University of Miami star compiled a 38-2 record with the Hurricanes, and led the school to a national championship in 2001. But his lack of arm strength concerned NFL scouts and he was not chosen by the 49ers until the seventh round of the 2003 draft.

Dorsey started 10 games in San Francisco, including seven in 2004, but was never seen as a long-term solution at quarterback. When the Browns agreed to send Dilfer to San Francisco this spring, they asked that Dorsey be a part of the trade package so they would have an experienced quarterback behind Frye, who started five games as a rookie in 2005.

For his career, Dorsey has completed 171 of 317 passes for 1,712 yards, with eight touchdown passes, 11 interceptions and a 63.5 efficiency rating.

Senior writer Len Pasquarelli covers the NFL for ESPN.com.