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Browns place QB Connor Shaw on injured reserve

Connor Shaw of the Cleveland Browns NFL football team
Connor Shaw of the Cleveland Browns NFL football team AP

BEREA, Ohio The Browns have placed quarterback Connor Shaw on injured reserve following ligament surgery on his right thumb.

Shaw, South Carolina’s winningest quarterback, started Cleveland's season finale in 2014 at Baltimore and the Browns were encouraged by his progress before he got hurt in the exhibition opener. Now that Shaw's season is over, the team will likely sign a young quarterback to keep on its practice squad.

With Johnny Manziel sidelined with a sore elbow, the Browns signed Pat Devlin last week. He's expected to play in Thursday's preseason finale at Chicago. Starting quarterback Josh McCown will sit out to get ready for the Sept. 13 season opener against the New York Jets. Backup Thad Lewis will start.

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