Thaddeus Lewis taking first-team reps for Browns

Taddeus Lewis could go from playing with the practice squad to starting in an NFL game in just a week’s time. With shoulder injuries being sustained by both Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy, it was the recently added Lewis who is taking first-team snaps during practice heading into the Browns’ Week 17 tilt against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

On Christmas Eve, the Browns announced that they had placed wide recever Mohammed Massaquoi on the injured reserve while promoting Lewis from the practice squad. Lewis appeared in all four preseason games with the Browns, going 9-for-17 for 146 yards throught the air, adding an interception. He was inactive for the first five games this season before clearing waivers and being moved to the practice squad.

If Weeden and McCoy cannot go, it will be the recently added Josh Johnson who will be the back-up to Lewis.

“We would have to pare [the offense] way down,” Shumur said of Lewis potentially starting.

On the other side of the ball, the Browns will be going to battle with just three safeties on the roster in Eric Hagg, Tashaun Gipson and Ray Ventrone. TJ Ward and Usama Young have been placed on the injured reserve in consecutive weeks.

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  • Pare the offense down? From what?

  • LaundroMat

    We might see Richardson get more than 10 carries this game!

  • 216in614

    God… how long until the first week of Indians baseball?

  • MrCleaveland

    Yeah, Roger, let’s expand the season. Great idea.

  • RGB

    Let Cribbs start…

  • Mike

    Is anyone sick of this offensive line injuring our QB’s then never helping them up? If I see Joe Thomas miss another block and not pick his own guy up, my heads going to explode.

  • FearTheRoo

    So Steelers “fans” said it didn’t count that we beat Batch? Does that mean this game doesn’t count if we start Lewis? must not!

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Maybe now instead of about 20 failed screen passes to choose from, we’ll only have 1 or 2? I don’t like this one bit.

  • No guarantee he plays this week either (ankle)

  • paulbip

    This is great news. The Browns could be drafting as low a 4 if things fall right. Now, trade down 5 to 10 spots and draft that stud guard from Bama to open up holes for the running game. Right now, the Browns have two practice squad guards.

  • mgbode

    Just beat pitt