Browns likely to start Colt McCoy

Updated: October 20, 2010, 9:04 PM ET
By James Walker | ESPN.com

BEREA, OHIO -- Although he didn't fully commit Wednesday, Cleveland Browns coach Eric Mangini was more forward this week about the prospects of starting rookie quarterback Colt McCoy for a second straight game.

"If there's no progress with Jake [Delhomme] or Seneca [Wallace], Colt will start," Mangini said.

As of Wednesday, neither Wallace nor Delhomme look promising to return for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. Both players recently suffered severe ankle sprains and will not practice Wednesday, which means McCoy again will take the first-team reps.

McCoy had a solid NFL debut, throwing for 281 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions last weekend in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The University of Texas product was taken in the third round by Cleveland in last April's NFL draft.

Quarterback isn't the only injury-plagued position for the Browns. The team lost starting defensive end Robaire Smith and offensive right tackle Tony Pashos to season-ending injuries.

To fill the roster spots, the Browns signed wide receiver Yamon Figurs and offensive lineman Paul McQuistan.

The Browns are in need of a wide receiver after Josh Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi suffered concussions in Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh.

Smith has been one of the Browns' best defensive players since the club signed him as a free agent in 2007.

Mangini indicated that Smith, 32, may have to consider retirement. Mangini said he had a long talk with Smith on Tuesday about his life after football.

"I love Robaire," Mangini said. "He's got kids. He's got a long life. You never discourage anything. I want him to keep playing, but I want him to have a good, long, healthy life."

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

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