Browns bring in quarterback Connor Shaw in season finale against Ravens

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The Cleveland Browns will limp into the season finale today in Baltimore against the Ravens with their third-string quarterback Connor Shaw after Johnny Manziel was placed on injured reserve and Brian Hoyer was limited in practice with a shoulder injury.

Shaw will be the 22nd different starting quarterback for the Browns since the team returned to the league in 1999.

“I couldn’t imagine a better team to do it against. It’ll be a challenge, but I’m excited for the opportunity,” said Shaw.

Shaw will be without starting wide receiver Josh Gordon who was suspended on Saturday afternoon from the team following a violation of team rules. According to reports, Gordon missed the walk-through practice before the team charter left Saturday for Baltimore.  Gordon was suspended for 10 games to start the year following another failed drug test.

The Browns elevated WR Phil Bates to the active roster following Gordon’s suspension.  The team later announced that Bates did not make the trip to Baltimore with the team.  Manziel, despite being on IR was reportedly late for treatment and will be fined by the team.  Manziel landed on the IR with a hamstring injury suffered during the Carolina game last week.

With so many injuries on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball, the Browns will get a good look at some of their younger talent today as they look to avoid losing their fifth straight game to end the season.  Baltimore needs a win over Cleveland and some help to advance to the postseason.