Jake Delhomme misses practice

Updated: September 16, 2010, 10:42 AM ET
By James Walker | ESPN.com

BEREA, OHIO -- Cleveland Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme did not practice Wednesday as he tries to recover from a sprained ankle. His status for Sunday's home opener against the Kansas City Chiefs remains up in the air.

Backup quarterback Seneca Wallace received the first-team reps in Wednesday's practice.

"It's disappointing; I will say that," Delhomme, who was wearing a boot, said in the locker room. "I've been very lucky in my career injury-wise. It's embarrassing to me, that's just kind of the way I look at it. That's just the way that I am. I believe you should be out there with your guys. But I know this is for the best."

Delhomme didn't rule out playing Sunday and said his goal is to get better each day.

"I'm always optimistic about anything," Delhomme said. "We're going to be aggressive in our treatment. I'm going to listen to what the trainers say and we're going to follow that protocol and go from there. We'll see." Delhomme was hurt this past Sunday and threw two interceptions in a 17-14 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Browns coach Eric Mangini said he will not make a decision on his starting quarterback until the end of the week.

"I'd say that he's better. He's sore," Mangini said. "In terms of how long he will be out, he's a pretty tough guy. I'd say it's day to day."

Cleveland signed Delhomme as a free agent in March, days after trading for Wallace and releasing former starter Derek Anderson. Wallace spent the previous seven seasons in Seattle with Browns president Mike Holmgren, who coached the Seahawks.

Wallace, who is 5-9 in 14 career NFL starts, also made his debut for the Browns on Sunday, but not at quarterback. He lined up for four plays at wide receiver and caught one pass for 9 yards from Joshua Cribbs when the Browns went to their "Cyclone" package.

James Walker covers the AFC North for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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