McCoy Remains Ready

McCoy Remains Ready

Browns rookie quarterback still not sure of his Sunday starting status. Meanwhile, Browns running back Peyton Hills is sure the bye week did his legs some good.

BEREA, Ohio — Colt McCoy doesn't know if he's going to make his first start at home against the Patriots, but if he does it will be the second-straight start against one of the best quarterbacks in the game. McCoy led the Browns to a win against Drew Brees and last year's Super Bowl champion Saints.

"Just being on the field with Tom Brady, it's kind of like last week," McCoy said. "He's won three Super Bowls."

McCoy, if given the chance, relishes the opportunity to play at home against the Patriots.

"I've had a chance to play against some great quarterbacks and they all were rookies once themselves," he said.

With the two quarterbacks still not practicing Wednesday, McCoy continued to get the reps at practice.

"He'll take all the reps (Wednesday)," Eric Mangini said. "Seneca is closer than Jake (in coming back)."

McCoy said he doesn't know what will happen, but isn't starry eyed if called upon to start at home.

"I had two good games experience on the road and I know Jake and Seneca are out today, but we'll see what happens as the week goes on," he said. "We're excited to be at home and are practicing hard and getting ready for New England."

McCoy said nothing changes for him.

"I prepare as the starter and will be prepared to play," he said. "I want to be able to step on the field and be the best I can be for this team."

McCoy said he was glad to go back to Texas last weekend for the retirement of his college jersey, but part of him was still in Cleveland.

"It was good to just clear my mind for a few days," he said. "Although, being at home getting the jersey retired and seeing the family was good, but I still had one foot back here thinking about what I had to do to get ready for New England."

Mangini did not say if when he expected Wallace to resume practice.

Notebook

Hillis Refreshed: Running back Peyton Hillis said the time off has really been good for his legs and he's ready to go.

"To tell you the truth, I feel really good," he said. "I feel like it's about time for another season. It's actually been good for my legs and they feel good. The bye week does wonders for you."

Hillis thinks the Browns can build on their last win over the Saints and continue to head in the right direction.

"I'm really happy and confident on where this team can go," he said. "Hopefully, this will be a confidence building game for us."

Hillis said the opportunity he has had with the Browns has surprised him.

"It's been more than I expected," he said. "I want to give the glory to the Lord for that as I couldn't do it on my own and hopefully, good things will happen (in the second half of the season)."

Hillis leads the team in rushing with 460 yards and is second on the team in receiving with 27 catches. He has scored six touchdowns and accounted for 653 total yards.

Injury Update: Mangini said that John St. Clair (ankle), Seneca Wallace (ankle) and Jake Delhomme (ankle) will not practice Wednesday. Also, Jason Trusnik is missing practice as his wife gave birth to a baby boy, Austin.

Legendary: The Browns resumed their Browns Legends program by naming Cody Risien and John Wooten to the gr.oup after a one-year hiatus. Both Risien and Wooten were offensive lineman. Risien played from 179-83, 1985-89, while Wooten played from 1959-67.

The last time the team added members to the Legends group was in 2008 when they added Warren Lahr, Paul Wiggin, Walter Johnson and Eric Metcalf. There are now 33 members of the Browns Legends, in addition to the 16 Hall of Fame players. The ceremony will take place when the Browns play host to the Jets on Nov. 14.

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