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Cleveland Browns make quarterback announcement

With Dorian Thompson-Robinson still in concussion protocol, the Cleveland Browns are making a move at quarterback.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski revealed that Joe Flacco will start for Cleveland in its Week 13 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams if Thompson-Robinson is ultimately unable to play. The Browns signed the 38-year-old Flacco to their practice squad last week after starter Deshaun Watson suffered a season-ending shoulder injury that required surgery.

With Flacco out, Thompson-Robinson started his second consecutive game for Cleveland against the Denver Broncos in Week 12. The UCLA player, however, was knocked out of the game after an illegal hit by Denver linebacker Baron Browning in the Broncos’ 29-12 victory.

With Thompson-Robinson out, the Browns resorted to veteran P.J. Walker, who has started two games and participated in the majority of Cleveland’s Week 7 triumph over the Indianapolis Colts. However, by naming Flacco as the starter if Thompson-Robinson is unable to play, the Browns effectively move the former Super Bowl-winning quarterback ahead of Walker on their depth chart, despite the fact that Flacco is presently just signed to Cleveland’s practice squad.

With a 7-4 record, the Browns are still in contention for a postseason spot, but they may have an uphill battle as injuries continue to pile up. Flacco completed 57.6 percent of his throws for 1,051 yards, five touchdowns, and three interceptions in five games (four starts) for the New York Jets last season.

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