Tag:Seneca Wallace
Posted on: November 26, 2010 11:41 am

Browns name Delhomme official starter for Sunday

Posted by Will Brinson

Not all that much ado has been made of Jake Delhomme's possible on-field reunion with the Carolina Panthers, because it's been pretty much assumed that the Browns won't risk greater injury to Colt McCoy's ankle by forcing him against the Panthers.

And Eric Mangini confirmed on Friday that Cleveland's rolling with Delhomme as the starter against the Cats.

That's via our Cleveland Rapid Reporter Marty Gitlin, who notes Mangini's confirmation leading up to the weekend.

Delhomme hasn't started since Week 1 when he injured his ankle -- Seneca Wallace yanked his starting spot even after his injury -- and now he's playing for a team that's paying him $7 million and against a team that's paying him $12 million (I pointed this out to members of my relatives in Florida, who were all busy lamenting the Jaguars quarterback situation; they were amazed).

This is the ideal opportunity for Delhomme, who surely feels strong emotions following the Panthers cutting him (although, yeah, he can wipe them away with $100 Bills) and would like to prove that they'd be better off having held onto him than running with Matt Moore.

Given that Moore's done for the season and the Panthers stand a decent chance of rolling Brian St. Pierre out on the field -- if he's healthy enough to play -- Jake could probably win that argument without even playing.

Now he just needs to avoid throwing the interceptions that made him an infamous scapegoat for the Panthers a just a year ago.

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Posted on: November 24, 2010 2:32 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2010 2:34 pm

Colt McCoy out with ankle sprain, Delhomme in

Posted by Will Brinson

Jake Delhomme will get his shot to show the Carolina Panthers what they're missing after all -- Browns rookie Colt McCoy is out for Sunday's game after the team confirmed that he has an ankle sprain.

It was believed that McCoy could miss time after suffering the injury against Jacksonville, but as typical, coach Eric Mangini played things a little coy.

"It's different than the ones (Delhomme and Wallace) had, but it's in that same category, yeah," Eric Mangini said, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

Mangini is also "optimistic" about McCoy's ankle injury but pointed out that the fact that Delhomme and Seneca Wallace have suffered the same injuries and missed substantial time as a reason for why he was at least cautious.

So, yeah, it's the return of Jake against the Panthers, where he gets to earn a paycheck from both the winner and loser of this game.

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Posted on: November 14, 2010 11:39 am
Edited on: November 14, 2010 11:52 am

AFC Inactives, Week 10

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, the players who ARE active: Titans QB Vince Young (though he won't start; Kerry Collins will) Browns QB Seneca Wallace, Browns LB Marcus Benard, Texans WR Andre Johnson, Colts TE Jacob Tamme.

Now, the players who are NOT active:

Chris Crocker, Bengals, FS: This isn’t a big surprise, because Crocker has been dealing with a calf injury. But Crocker is a solid centerfielder, and Chinedum Ndukwe, who isn’t quite as good, will take his place in the starting lineup.

Jake Delhomme, Browns, QB:
He still hasn’t completely recovered from his ankle injury, but it’s unclear whether the man who was the opening day starter would reclaim his role. Especially with the way Colt McCoy is playing. For the record, Seneca Wallace is active, but McCoy is starting.

Jason Allen, Texans, CB: There was talk that Allen, who was waived by the Dolphins earlier this week, could get some playing time this week for his new team in Houston. Apparently, that won’t happen.

Joseph Addai/Mike Hart, Colts, RBs: The top two Indianapolis backs are inactives. That means it's up to Donald Brown to jumpstart the Colts running attack.

Gary Brackett/Clint Session, Colts, LBs: Considering how many players Indianapolis will be missing, the Bengals might actually have a chance in this game.

Austin Collie, Colts, WR: I mean, seriously. How will the Bengals not win this game?

Owen Daniels, Texans, TE:
We knew this already, but now it's clear Joel Dreessen will take his place in the starting lineup.

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Posted on: November 13, 2010 3:27 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 8:40 pm

Week 10 injury news and analysis, part II

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Patriots at Steelers

It was big news Friday when Tom Brady was listed as probable with a right shoulder on New England’s injury report (everybody in the Northeast let out a HUGE exhale). But he also was spotted limping Friday, and he declined to comment to the media about why. This obviously would be a problem if he’s called upon to move around in the pocket or to scramble.

In other New England injury news, RB Fred Taylor is listed as questionable with his turf toe injury. He was limited in practice all week, but the team also might want to hold off inserting him into a game before he’s completely healthy. He hasn’t played since Week 3.

UPDATE (8:38 p.m.): New England has downgraded three players to "out." That includes OG Stephen Neal, RB Fred Taylor and DE Myron Taylor. None of them will play Sunday.

Steelers DE Brett Keisel has missed three straight games because of a hamstring injury, and he’s doubtful again this week. He was supposed to start last Monday vs. the Bengals, but he re-aggravated the injury in warmups. OG Chris Kemoeatu also is doubtful after spraining his knee in Cincinnati. It sounds like Ramon Foster will take his place in the starting lineup.

LB James Harrison was a late addition to the injury report with back spasms. He’s listed as questionable.

Titans at Dolphins

The big question mark for Tennessee obviously is QB Vince Young. I wrote earlier today that it doesn’t sound like he will play , and that means Kerry Collins would get the starting nod.

WR Kenny Britt is out with a hamstring – potentially for the rest of the regular season – but that’s where Randy Moss is supposed to come in and perform.

For Miami, a couple backups (CB Tyrone Culver and WR Roberto Wallace) are questionable, and although some of the team’s most important players (T Jake Long, LB Karlos Dansby, S Chris Clemons and TE Anthony Fasano) are on the injury list, all of them are probable and should play.

Jets at Browns

One of the stranger stories of the week was Browns LB Marcus Benard who collapsed in the locker room Thursday and was sent to the hospital for tests. He didn’t practice Friday and is questionable to play. But Benard, who leads the team with 4 ½ sacks, wants to be out there, and it’s certainly possible Cleveland could allow him to do so.

Meanwhile, Cleveland QBs Jake Delhomme (ankle) and Seneca Wallace (ankle) are both questionable, but at this point, it’s hard to see how coach Eric Mangini could insert either given the way Colt McCoy has played the past three games.

The Jets are pretty healthy. CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring), LB Calvin Pace (foot) G Matt Slauson (knee) and T Damien Woody (knee) are on the injury list, but all are listed as probable.

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Posted on: November 7, 2010 11:40 am
Edited on: November 7, 2010 12:04 pm

AFC Inactives, Week 9

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The following are ACTIVE for today’s game: Ravens WR Donte Stallworth, Patriots G Logan Mankins

The following are INACTIVE:

Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers: Opposing defenses can’t bring him down, but apparently a bad case of plantar fasciitis is enough to knock Gates out of the game. If Gates could have played today, he would have been Superman. As it is, he’s still a TE superhero.

Owen Daniels, TE, Texans: He continues to struggle with injuries this season. Daniels played last week, catching one pass for eight yard, but he’s having multiple leg problems. A bad hamstring will keep him out this week.

Ryan Wendell, G, Patriots: The big casualty of the Logan Mankins re-signing is Wendell. He had been starting in Mankins’ place, but now that Mankins is back, Wendell is back to the bench.

Deion Branch, WR, Patriots:
Bothered by a hamstring, Branch - who's found new life in New England - won't play today. He hadn't practiced all week, so the news shouldn't be that surprising. Um, just kidding. He's active.

Jake Delhomme/Seneca Wallace, QB, Browns:
This means that, once again, Colt McCoy will start at QB for Cleveland.

Shawne Merriman, LB, Bills: Not a surprise, because of how late Merriman reported to his new team once he was claimed off waivers from San Diego. Expect him to be ready for next week's game.

Malcom Floyd/Legedu Naanee, WR, Chargers:
And somewhere, Philip Rivers is weeping. At least Antonio Gates is acti ... oh, never mind.

Patrick Chung, CB, Patriots:
He's been bothered by a knee injury, and he'll miss his second-straight game. It's unfortunate for New England, because Chung is a tackling machine.

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 11:17 am
Edited on: November 4, 2010 11:28 am

McCoy almost certain to start again for Browns

Posted by Andy BenoitC. McCoy (US Presswire)

With each passing week, it seems less and less likely that Jake Delhomme or Seneca Wallace will get back under center for the Browns this season. Both missed practice Wednesday still nursing their high ankle sprains.

Thus, as CBS's Clark Judge suggested earlier this week, rookie Colt McCoy is a virtual lock to get the nod against New England.

''I'm here for whatever they ask me to do. Again, that's a coaches' decision,'' McCoy said Wednesday of a possible third consecutive start, according to the Beacon Journal. ''I know Jake and Seneca aren't practicing today, and I treat it the same way I have the last several weeks — to prepare like I'm the starter every time. Whether it ends that way or not, I'm going to be prepared to play.''

Considering that McCoy may have an upside (emphasis still on “may” at this point) and that the Browns are, as usual, playing for next season, what would be the point of turning back to a 35-year-old Delhomme or a perennial backup like Wallace?

Yes, the best way to develop a young team is for that young team to learn how to win. But that doesn’t always mean relying on the veteran quarterback. After all, in McCoy’s two starts, the Browns were decent against the Steelers and just good enough offensively to pull out a defensive win against the Saints.

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Posted on: October 28, 2010 12:16 am

Browns should pick one QB and stick with him

S. Wallace thinks Cleveland should pick one QB and stick with him when all three are healthy (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

When quarterbacks Seneca Wallace, Jake Delhomme and Colt McCoy are all healthy for the Browns, Wallace knows who he’d like to see serve as the starter. Himself, obviously.

But if not, he’d like to see something else – the same starter week after week.

"This isn't college," Wallace said via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "We don't switch quarterbacks in and out. I think when it comes down to rhythm and gelling together, when you have a quarterback in for one week and then the next week it's somebody else, that's not a good situation. You want a guy that's going to be in there, be able to move the team and continue to do that week to week."

This, of course, makes sense. But if we’re talking about a quarterback who’s playing fairly well and helping his team win a game – and this comes even though Wallace, who had replaced an injured Delhomme as a starter, played surprisingly well before he sprained his ankle – McCoy should be that guy. At least for now.

McCoy hasn’t been great, but he helped Cleveland to a big road win against New Orleans, and he is performing above expectations for a rookie who was just thrown into the game without much preparation – against the big, bad Steelers no less.

But before we get too crazy here, Wallace thinks he should be the one to start. After all, he made a pretty strong statement when he completed 63 percent of his passes for four touchdowns and two interceptions as the Browns went 1-3.

“Yeah, I feel that way," Wallace said. "At the end of the day, it comes down to the coaches. Whoever's doing the job the best, moving the team, scoring points, making the right decisions, then that should be the guy."

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 8:23 am

Colt McCoy to start again for the Browns

Posted by Andy Benoit
C. McCoy (US Presswire)
Browns head coach Eric Mangini said rookie Colt McCoy will get the starting nod under center again this week when the team travels to New Orleans. McCoy is coming off a decent performance against the relentless Steelers D (23/33, 281 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions).

McCoy’s Week 6 showing is not what got him this week’s starting job, however. Veteran quarterbacks Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace are both still sporting walking boots because of high ankle sprains. The Browns have a bye in Week 8, so it makes sense to be patient and let the quarterbacks rest in Week 7.

If McCoy plays well against the complex, blitz-happy Saints defense, Mangini could have a very difficult decision on his hands. The Browns have basically already reached their annual “playing for next season” point, so going back to Delhomme or Wallace might not make much sense. Mangini, however, might be reluctant to develop the rookie because that could cost the team some games, which could ultimately cost the head coach his job. Then again, Browns president Mike Holmgren understands the situation and may be willing to give Mangini the benefit of the doubt.

But one step at a time: the Browns have a game against the Saints this week. And they’re counting on Colt McCoy to lead them.

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