On Wednesday, the Cleveland Browns signed QB Josh Johnson to their roster but rookie QB Thad Lewis could get the start this week when the Cleveland Browns play their season finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The moves by the Browns were made necessary with Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy both nursing shoulder injuries sustained last Sunday against the Denver Broncos. Neither quarterback has officially been ruled out, but the roster moves the Browns made yesterday likely signal that Weeden nor McCoy will play Sunday.
Lewis was signed off the team’s practice squad and if he does get the starting nod, it will mark his first career start. Lewis was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2010 out of Duke by the St. Louis Rams. He was signed off waivers by the Browns last season. He made the 53-man roster this season for Cleveland but was eventually waived and then re-signed to the team’s practice squad.
Lewis told reporters if he gets the starting gig, he’ll have fulfilled a childhood dream of making a professional start as a quarterback.
Josh Johnson was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under then-head coach Jon Gruden. During his college career, he was known for his mobility and accuracy, his senior season he threw just one interception. Johnson spent some time in the preseason with the San Francisco 49ers, playing for his collegiate coach, Jim Harbaugh. He was eventually released and has struggled to find work around the league. Johnson was going to play in the UFL but the league suspended football operations for the 2012 season.