The Cleveland Browns could have a new starting quarterback Sunday for the last game of the regular season: former South Carolina star Connor Shaw.
With Browns quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel injured, Shaw will get first-team reps in practice this week and could start Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland coach Mike Pettine told the media on Monday.
"Connor Shaw is not the biggest, fastest or strongest. His strength is his competitiveness. It wouldn't surprise if he played well," Pettine said. "He's well-respected by his teammates. He works his tail off."
Hoyer suffered a right shoulder injury in last weekend's game against the Carolina Panthers. Manziel also suffered a pulled hamstring in the game.
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While Hoyer has not been ruled out, Manziel will not play, Pettine said. Cleveland also could bring in another quarterback, he said.
The Browns (7-8) play at Baltimore at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Shaw, in his most extensive NFL action of the preseason against the Redskins, led two fourth-quarter drives for Cleveland, completing 8-of-9 passes for 123 yards and a 45-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass as time expired. Washington won the game 24-23.
Shaw is the winningest quarterback in South Carolina history.