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Colt McCoy Will Start Browns Final Preseason Game As Brandon Weeden Rests

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Browns back-up quarterback Colt McCoy will get the start on Thursday night as Brandon Weeden gets the night off.

August 24, 2012; Cleveland, OH USA: Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy (12) throws a pass during the third quarter in a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE
August 24, 2012; Cleveland, OH USA: Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy (12) throws a pass during the third quarter in a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE

Cleveland Browns' quarterback Colt McCoy is slated to start the team's final preseason game against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night, as head coach Pat Shurmur rests normal starter Brandon Weeden. McCoy, of course, spent much of last season as Cleveland's starter, before being usurped in camp this year by the rookie Weeden.

McCoy's status as Cleveland's back-up quarterback is all but assured, that is if the team decides to keep him. Nonetheless, McCoy, who expressed displeasure with being demoted so early in training camp, will be looking to prove to Cleveland's staff, or that of some other team, that he's a viable starting quarterback in the NFL.

In 13 games last year, McCoy put up a passer rating of 74.6, throwing 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. In his three preseason starts this year, Weeden has completed 24 of 49 passes with no touchdowns and four turnovers. The offensive line, though, has been of little help, as Weeden has been sacked four times.

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