Connor Shaw is preparing for, and looking forward to, the opportunity to play and possibly start at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns.
"I'm really excited about it," Shaw said after Tuesday's practice. "It's been a long season. We'll see what happens at the end of the week. Right now I'm just focusing on the game plan and see if I have to suit up against Baltimore."
Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer is not practicing because of a sore shoulder, raising the likelihood rookie Shaw will start the season finale at the Ravens. Hoyer was injured in Sunday's loss at Carolina after he replaced Johnny Manziel, who hurt his hamstring and will not play again this season.
"I will have a sense of urgency" if called upon, Shaw said.
Shaw, the winningest quarterback in South Carolina history, had his most extensive NFL action during the preseason against the Redskins. He led two fourth-quarter drives, completing 8-of-9 passes for 123 yards and a 45-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass as time expired. Washington won, 24-23.
Browns coach Mike Pettine has not decided on a starter for this week, but said he does not expect Hoyer, who started Cleveland's first 13 games, to get to 100 percent in the next few days.
Shaw took the initial snaps in practice followed by veteran Tyler Thigpen, who was signed earlier in the day as a backup.
Hoyer and Manziel rode stationary bikes during the portion of Tuesday's practice open to the media.
Shaw was asked how he has stayed sharp through the first 15 games of the season.
"I did everything Johnny and Brian did except play," he said. "I was in the meeting rooms. I was doing everything they were. I was trying to stay as sharp as possible. You never know when you're going in. It just happens to be that way this week."