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Off day

August 28, 2012 - Mike McLain
BEREA -- Coach Pat Shurmur reluctantly announced Tuesday that quarterback Brandon Weeden won't play in the final preseason game Thursday against the Chicago Bears.

Shurmur didn't want to talk about his plans for the game beyond saying some starters won't play and others might play a short time. When pressed, Shurmur said that Weeden won't play.

Colt McCoy will start. Seneca Wallace will follow in the rotation, with Thad Lewis getting the final reps. Lewis took the majority of reps in practiuce Tuesday, which means he could see significant time -- probably the second half.

Weeden finished preseason having played in about five quarters. He was 24-of-49 (49 percent) for 297 yards and one interception.

Shurmur could be second-guessed for the limited amount of time he's given to a rookie quarterback that will be the starter. Weeden admits there are things he needs to work on. In particular, he needs to develop better timing with the receivers. He has worked well with rookie receiver Josh Gordon, but there have been issues getting on the same page with Greg Little.

Shurmur wouldn't give more details about his plans for the rest of the starters. The only starters that might play are ones that didn't get many reps in the first three games.

Running back Trent Richardson didn't practice Tuesday, which means he won't get a single carry leading up to the season opener.

Linebacker Scott Fujita (knee) was on the field and wearing pads, but he didn't participate in the practice. He spent time running sprints with fellow linebackers D'Qwell Jackson and Kaluka Maiava.


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