Lewis to Start in Browns Season Finale Against Steelers

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CLEVELAND– Let the Thad Lewis era begin in Cleveland (5-10), albeit for the season finale against the Steelers (7-8). 

Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur announced earlier today that QBs Brandon Weeden (shoulder) & Colt McCoy (shoulder) have been ruled out for Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh. 

The injury news didn’t get any better. He added that RB Trent Richardson (ankle), CB Sheldon Brown (head/neck) & TE Jordan Cameron (head/neck) also were not at 100% and will not suit up. 

Lewis will get his first start of his career.  He was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2010 while Shurmur was the offensive coordinator in St Louis. 

The Browns picked him up in September of 2011 after he was waived by the Rams.  He was inactive for the entire 2011-12 season. 

The former Duke quarterback earned a roster spot coming out of training camp this past season but was waived in mid-October. 

After Sunday’s bone-crushing loss at Denver, Lewis got the call to rejoin the Browns. 

Friday’s announcement means that Josh Johnson will be Lewis’ back-up.  Johnson was signed earlier this week and has made five career starts with Tampa Bay. 

He went 0-5 in those games throwing 5 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. 

Third year back Montario Hardesty will replace Richardson in the starting line-up.  He has rushed for 234 yards on 51 carries this season.