BEREA, Ohio -- Quarterbacks Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace were held out of practice Wednesday, which could open the door for Colt McCoy to make his first NFL start for the Cleveland Browns Sunday against division rival Pittsburgh.
Wallace started Sunday's loss to Atlanta and completed 11-of-15 passes for 139 yards and one touchdown before being injured in the final minute of the second quarter when he was sacked by John Abraham.
Delhomme, who had been sidelined since the season opener because of a high ankle sprain, went 13-of-23 for 97 yards and two interceptions in relief, but wound up reaggravating the injury.
Head coach Eric Mangini indicated that the duos participation in practice later in the week is still to be determined.
When asked in his Wednesday press briefing if McCoy would be the starter, Mangini said "that's the way I'm leaning if Jake and Seneca aren't available but I also want to see how things progress this week."
The Browns signed quarterback Brett Ratliff on Tuesday off the New England Patriots practice squad and Mangini said he will get some time behind center in practice.
"I have confidence in Colt and I have confidence in Brett," Mangini said. "We'll see how it goes, but he'll (Colt) get the bulk of the reps."
Running back Peyton Hillis was also held out of Wednesday's session along with defensive linemen Shaun Rogers, Kenyon Coleman and Robaire Smith.