You know that meaningless Browns-Steelers game you were fully intent on ignoring this weekend? Well, it just got that much more unwatchable. Yessss! With Doopy Pantz and Colt McCoy having suffered shoulder sprains in Cleveland’s loss in Denver last week, the Browns will likely have to turn to practice squad call-up Thad Lewis to start at quarterback for the season finale in Pittsburgh.
That’s right, a quarterback who went to Duke whose name is Thad and whose nickname is “The Champ”? Almost sounds like a Jimmy Clausen type. Except, of course, he’s black. Wait, Duke had a black quarterback? I’ll be damned. Thad has been bouncing around practice squads for the past three seasons, so nice that someone who’s been barely hanging on gets a chance to shine, even if it is for the Browns.
Lewis (6-2, 200) signed with the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent out of Duke in 2010 and spent the final 16 weeks of the season on the practice squad. The Browns claimed him off waivers in September 2011, and he was inactive for most of the season. This season, he made the roster out of camp but was waived Oct. 11 and signed to the practice squad two days later.
If the Steelers commit eight turnovers, as they did in the teams’ first meeting back in November, you can start just about anybody and come away with a victory. Not that Brandon Weeden didn’t already prove that to be true.