|It looks like Wallace will get his second start of the season when Cleveland travels to Baltimore Saturday. (Getty Images)|
By Ryan Wilson
Last Friday, Browns head coach Pat Shurmur hinted that if quarterback Seneca Wallace played well in place of concussed Colt McCoy, it could shed light on McCoy's future as Cleveland's starter.
"To see another quarterback operate with other players will help us learn something about everyone involved," Shurmur said at the time, according to CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Marty Gitlin. "It'll help us evaluate Seneca. That's why you want to wait until the end of the year to [make a personnel decision]."
Wallace was 18 of 31 for 226 yards (1 TD, 0 INTs) in the Browns 20-17 overtime loss to the Cardinals Sunday, but he committed a critical fourth-quarter fumble deep in Cleveland territory that allowed Arizona to tie the score, 17-17.
On Tuesday, Shurmur all but indicated that Wallace will start Saturday against Ravens. Gitlin reports that McCoy remains out, though Shurmur said he's not certain he is still being held back by concussion symptoms.
"I talked to [McCoy] a long time," Shurmur said Tuesday via the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. "His spirits are good. Like anybody who wants to play, he's anxious to get out there. But he understands there's a process he has to go through before he can play again," he said.
“I don’t know that," Shurmur said, when asked if McCoy was headed for injured reserve. But he's also not willing to rule McCoy out for Browns' Week 17 game against the Steelers. "We’ll have to see.”
A day earlier, Shurmur was noncommittal about McCoy's immediate future.
"I'm going to cross that bridge when they're both healthy," Shurmur said, via the Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot. "Right now, until Colt's healthy, we're going to go with Seneca. … If Colt is OK — when Colt is OK — we'll talk about (where he is on the depth chart). How's that? Good answer?"
Of course, the reason McCoy didn't play last week was because he suffered a concussion against the Steelers in Week 14 and the Browns sent him back into the game a few plays later. That led to more conversations about player safety, including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell telling CBS that "We want to make sure someone -- a medical professional -- has his eyes on that field at all times and can see when an injury occurs to somebody so that the proper medical care is being given."
For now, here's what we know: Wallace "more than likely" will play against the Ravens. Everything after that? To be determined.
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