As rumors circulated through the
local media regarding the condition of quarterback Kelly Holcomb, all
indications pointed to the Browns quarterback being lost for the next month. The
only certainty to this story is Holcomb was injured in the Browns 13-12 victory
Monday afternoon, Holcomb and the
Browns received word that he had suffered a small hairline fracture of the
fibula in his right leg. Being the injury has occurred to the fibula, the
possibility exists for Holcomb to return to action after a minimal layoff, maybe
as a soon as Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
An area of concern that could hamper the injury is the swelling in the region, which we have been told late this afternoon is not as nearly as substantial as it was following the game. Holcomb will continue to be treated by the medical staff and the team is optimistic that he can suit up for practice on Wednesday.
Until Holcomb can get on the field,
the Browns can not positively determine if the quarterback can play. According
to a member of the organization we spoke with early this evening, Holcomb was
still suffering some pain and swelling, which would be expected, but added that
Holcomb also believes that he will be able to play on Sunday.
If Holcomb is unable, physically
limited, or still experiencing significant pain and/or swelling on Wednesday or
Thursday at the latest, he will not play Sunday, which is a distinct
One option the team has is to bring back quarterback Josh Booty. Booty was released late last week by the Browns when it was determined that the team did not need to carry three quarterbacks on the roster. As of this evening, Booty had not been contacted by the team and he was headed to San Diego to workout for the Chargers.
All we know at this time is Holcomb isn't out of the question for the game this weekend, this isn't a case of the moon and planets aligning, it is an injury that appeared worse than the diagnosis the parties received today. If Kelly Holcomb has a say in this matter, he said he would play on Sunday.
We'll know more on Wednesday, but right now we'll keep an eye out to see if Holcomb practices.