BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland rookie starting quarterback Brandon Weeden will sit out the Browns preseason finale against Chicago.
Browns head coach Pat Shurmur said after Tuesday’s practice that Weeden, who did not throw a touchdown pass in three starts, will not play and Colt McCoy will start against the Bears on Thursday night.
Shurmur said quarterbacks Seneca Wallace and Thad Lewis will also play against the Bears. Shurmur did not indicate how much time his QBs will get.
Shurmur said most of Cleveland’s starters will rest, and the ones who do get into the game will not play much.
McCoy is battling Wallace to be Weeden’s backup. Shurmur may have already decided on his No. 2 quarterback, but doesn’t intend to make it known until the Browns cut their roster to 53 players on Friday.
Carroll says he expects Owens to still play
RENTON, Wash. — Seattle coach Pete Carroll says that despite the Seahawks' decision to release Terrell Owens he still believes the 38-year-old wide receiver can play in the NFL.
Carroll said Monday he has no doubt that Owens can still play and would be surprised if he didn't catch on with another team. Owens was released by the Seahawks on Sunday as they made their initial round of cuts to reach the 75-man league-mandated roster limit.
Owens arrived at Seahawks camp in terrific shape and looked good on the practice field, but couldn't transfer it to the games. He had just two catches for 41 yards in two preseason games that were more notable for his drops.
But Carroll said the team would not rule out looking at Owens later in the season if needed. Carroll said Owens was great and did everything asked of him.
receivers from roster
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Patriots released veteran wide receivers Jabar Gaffney and Donte’ Stallworth.
New England also cut defensive linemen Tim Bulman and Gerard Warren, as well as defensive back Ross Ventrone, as it gets closer to the NFL roster limit of 75 players.
Defensive back Will Allen, safety Josh Barrett and fullback Spencer Larsen were placed on injured reserve, while tight end Jake Ballard and defensive lineman Myron Pryor were placed on the physically unable to perform list. Rookie free agent offensive lineman Markus Zusevics was placed on the reserve non-football injury list.
The receivers are the biggest names of the bunch. Gaffney, 31, is a 10-year veteran who played for the Patriots from 2006-08, catching 84 passes for 1,059 yards and eight touchdowns. He is a former standout at the University of Florida. Stallworth, 31, has played nine years after a college career at Tennessee. He was on the 2007 Patriots, posting 46 receptions for 697 yards and three touchdowns.
The 34-year-old Warren, also a former Florida Gator, has spent two of 11 NFL seasons in New England. He played 28 games for the Patriots.