First it was starting quarterback Brady Quinn headed to I.R., and now former starter Derek Anderson is going to join him after learning that he suffered a MCL sprain in Sunday's loss to the Colts. The Browns said he will wear a brace and is expected to recover in four to six weeks, but that will do Cleveland no good.
The injury leaves Ken Dorsey as the team's starter for the remainder of the season. He hasn't completed a pass in the NFL since 2005. He did have a run as the 49ers' starter in 2004-05, but after a 2-8 mark he's been relegated to holding the clipboard since.
To further worsen matters Dorsey will be without one of his top targets and former University of Miami teammate Kellen Winslow as the Browns prepare for their Week 14 match-up vs. the Tennessee Titans. An MRI showed Winslow suffered a high left ankle sprain against the Colts and will miss the Titans game. He'll wear a boot for up to a week.
Signed to a three-year, $24 million contract on Feb. 29, Anderson now carries a 13-14 record for Cleveland over three seasons. This year, he completed 50.2 percent of his passes for 1,165 yards and nine touchdowns with eight interceptions and a 66.5 rating. He was sacked 14 times, his same total for 16 games a year ago.
It will be interesting to see how all of this unfolds in the off-season, but it is highly unlikely that Anderson will return to the Browns. If the team can not trade him, don't be surprised to see them release him.