The Cleveland Browns have made Joe Flacco their second-choice quarterback, opening the door for the 38-year-old to face the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday after Dorian Thompson-Robinson suffered a concussion.
Flacco – who was named Super Bowl XLVII MVP as he helped the Baltimore Ravens to their most recent championship for the 2012 season – was signed to Cleveland’s practice squad last week after first-choice QB Deshaun Watson sustained a season-ending shoulder injury.
Rookie Thompson-Robinson has started the Browns’ last two games, but he suffered a concussion during Sunday’s 29-12 loss to the resurgent Denver Broncos.
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Thompson-Robinson remains in the concussion protocol and was unable to practice in any capacity on Wednesday.
PJ Walker replaced him during the third quarter in Denver and has two starts to his name this season, but head coach Kevin Stefanski has opted to bump Flacco up to second choice, putting him in line to start if Thompson-Robinson cannot feature in Los Angeles in Week 13.
Asked about the decision on Wednesday, Stefanski said of Flacco: “He’s got a big, strong arm. Obviously, he can make every throw.
“He’s done a very nice job in the meeting room, getting to know his team-mates, getting to know the system. He’s done a nice job.”
Flacco has thrown for 42,320 yards and 232 touchdowns during his NFL career, suiting up for the Broncos and the New York Jets since his 10-year spell in Baltimore came to an end after the 2018 season.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) November 29, 2023