BEREA—Following through with what Mike Pettine said on Wednesday, the Browns added another quarterback arm to the roster .The question is how long will he be with the team?
With the Browns down to two quarterbacks for practice, they signed 27-year old quarterback Pat Devlin Thursday morning and he was on the field for Thursday’s practice. Devlin is not expected to play in Saturday’s third preseason game, but likely will play in the preseason finale next Thursday at Chicago.
Johnny Manziel was on the field, but idle for the third practice in a row and Connor Shaw is recuperating from surgery on his right thumb. Manziel is not expected to play against Tampa Bay.
Devlin, (6-3, 220) is officially in his third NFL season out of Delaware. Originally signed by Miami as an undrafted free agent in 2011, Devlin has spent time during the regular season with the Dolphins (2011-13) and Vikings (2014). He spent part of the 2015 offseason with the Bears. Devlin has never taken a snap in an NFL regular season game.
After transferring from Penn State, Devlin started 26 games for Delaware where he completed 506-of-776 passes for 5,696 yards with 37 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Pettine termed Manziel’s injury as a minor setback on Wednesday.
“Yeah, that is a strong word,” Pettine said. “I just see it as a minor setback. If this was something he had never experienced before or the MRI showed some damage, I would be a lot more concerned. This being something he has dealt with before, and we are confident that shutting him down maybe a little bit longer that it will all come back. Very pleased with where he is. I just see it as a minor setback.”
To make room for Devlin, the Browns waived offensive lineman Ryan Seymour, who appeared in 11 games last season with three starts at center. Seymour was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the NFL season for performance enhancing substances.
Likely Out: Pettine said that players who didn’t practice Thursday likely would not play in the preseason game Saturday against Tampa Bay.
On the stationary bikes were: DL Phil Taylor (knee), OL Michael Bowie (shoulder), DB Justin Gilbert (hip flexor), DL Ishmaa’ily Kitchen (groin), DB Robert Nelson Jr. (hamstring) and DB K’Waun Williams (abdominal). Not practicing were: FB Luke Lundy (concussion), LB Barkevious Mingo (knee), DB Jordan Poyer (concussion), QB Connor Shaw (right thumb), TE Randall Telfer (foot), RB Glenn Winston (knee) and DB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (knee).