ESPN reported this morning that Cleveland Browns rookie Colt McCoy will make his first career start when the Browns visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. High ankle sprains have plagued Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace, and since nobody else wants to play in Cleveland, McCoy will get most of the work as the Browns prepare this week. The Browns signed Brett Ratliff to back up McCoy. I have no idea who Brett Ratliff is, but there’s no way he’s any worse than Trent Edwards.
The game will also mark the first 2010 start of one Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger, who was suspended for the first four games of the season for attempting a deep ball on a 20-year-old in a rural Georgia bar restroom. Roethlisberger was never formally charged with the incident. Precedent for this case was established by the Supreme Court case, People v. Half Your Age Plus Seven.
Also reportedly starting Sunday: Bears QB Jay Cutler, against Seattle. It will be Cutler’s first start in two weeks, since being concussed after enduring nine sacks in the first half against the Giants. It makes me wonder how one would perform cognitive testing on a guy that would lose a game of checkers to his own breakfast. Stafford might play, too.