Brady Quinn will make his much-anticipated debut as a starter when Cleveland hosts the Denver Broncos on Thursday night, with the Browns fighting to maintain their playoff hopes and the Broncos clinging to a slim lead atop the AFC West.
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Brady Quinn will make his first meaningful start since he quarterbacked Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl against LSU 22 months ago when he leads the Browns against the Denver Broncos on Thursday night in a nationally televised game at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
Coach Romeo Crennel made the decision to bench Derek Anderson and go with Quinn on Monday after meeting with his assistant coaches. He insists the decision was his and that it was not made by general manager Phil Savage or team owner Randy Lerner.
"It was just time," Crennel said Tuesday. "We're not throwing in the towel. We're going to beat Denver. We're going to move forward. I think Quinn will represent himself and the Browns very well.
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The Broncos' running game wasn't going particularly well, coming off a 14-yard game against Miami, and that was before two season-ending injuries at tailback.
"We can't get down on ourselves and have to know there's people who can step up and do the job," fullback Peyton Hillis said.
Rookie Ryan Torain is the only tailback standing upright unless P.J. Pope, who was promoted from the practice squad after Pittman and Hall were put on injured reserve, is counted. Torain had three carries for 1 yard in his NFL debut on Sunday. He didn't even play in the preseason because of an elbow injury he suffered in early August.