Sprained ankle sidelines McCoy
Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Colt McCoy will not play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers after suffering a high ankle sprain, Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer reported Wednesday.
McCoy’s ankle injury, suffered in last Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, is eerily similar to the injuries that forced fellow Browns quarterbacks Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace out of action earlier this season.
McCoy made his NFL debut against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 6 after both Delhomme and Wallace suffered ankle sprains within weeks of each other.
The two veterans’ injuries have kept them sidelined for four to six weeks, but head coach Eric Mangini was optimistic that McCoy’s sprain would not require as long an absence.
The former University of Texas star is 2-3 as the Browns’ starter, with back-to-back surprise wins over the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots. The following week, Cleveland lost a heartbreaker in overtime to the New York Jets.
McCoy has a 63.8 completion percentage through five games with three touchdowns and three interceptions for a 85.3 passer rating.
Mangini said he “is leaning” toward starting a now healthy, Delhomme in Sunday’s game against the veteran’s former team.