Cleveland Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme did not practice Wednesday as he tries to recover from an ankle injury he suffered this past Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Backup Seneca Wallace took reps with the first team on Wednesday in his place.
According to ESPN, head coach Eric Mangini will make a game-time decision as to which quarterback will start. I don't think fans should read too much in to this. This isn't a performance issue, but rather Mangini keeping his options open should Delhomme wake up Sunday and say, "it doesn't feel ready." Mangini noted that Delhomme's ankle already feels a little better than before:
"I'd say that he's better. He's sore," Mangini said. "In terms of how long he will be out, he's a pretty tough guy. I'd say it's day to day."
If Mangini does have to turn to Wallace though, he is confident in what the veteran backup can bring to the table:
"[Wallace] can run anything we game plan for," Mangini said. "You have the game plan and the quarterback picks out his favorite things and if he goes in, his priority sheet comes out. You want it to be a collaborative process."
In other news, LB D'Qwell Jackson could start practicing again on Friday, but might not be ready to play in a game until Week 3. The Browns also released two players from the practice squad -- DB DeAngelo Smith and RB Andre Anderson. I thought that the recently released Clifton Geathers (cut by Miami) might take one of those spots, but it doesn't sound like that'll be the case.