With no reps or NFL experience to speak of, Browns rookie QB Connor Shaw will start in place of the injured Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel.
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The Cleveland Browns will be starting a different rookie QB against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 17, and they’re getting him some veteran help as well.
With QBs Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer injured, the Browns are expected to start rookie Connor Shaw against the Ravens and have signed veteran Tyler Thigpen as his potential backup for the game – or a starter if they decide Shaw isn’t ready. Thigpen spent time with the Browns during training camp but was waived on August 12th before final roster cuts.
Thigpen is in his seventh NFL season out of Coastal Carolina. He’s appeared in 29 games and made 12 starts while playing for Kansas City, Miami and Buffalo.
Manziel injured his hamstring in Sunday’s loss to Carolina and won’t play in the finale. Hoyer has a shoulder injury and it’s not yet known if he can play.
Shaw was an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina, where he played alongside No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney for several years. He holds numerous school records for passing.