Friday update: YES! Joe Flacco will start against the Rams after Dorian Thompson-Robinson was declared out due to his concussion. It’s impossible to know where Flacco is as a playmaker at this point in his career, but he likely is the same or better than who the Browns have had leading them of late.
Thursday update: Dorian Thompson-Robinson wasn’t practicing on Thursday, per Scott Petrak. With Flacco taking all the first-team reps, even if DTR could get a late clearance out of concussion protocol, there’s a good chance Flacco would take the lead anyway. There is a good chance we see Flacco starting this week.
Wednesday update: Head coach Kevin Stefanski says that Joe Flacco is the backup quarterback to Dorian Thompson-Robinson, per Mary Kay Cabot. That means that with Thompson-Robinson not practicing on Wednesday due to a concussion, that Flacco has a good shot at starting against the Rams in Week 13.
CBS NFL Insider Jonathan Jones reported on Monday that Joe Flacco could be elevated from the Cleveland Browns’ practice squad and start in their Week 13 matchup at the Los Angeles Rams. This comes on the heels of Dorian Thompson-Robinson being knocked out of Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos with a concussion. If he’s unable to clear protocol in time, head coach Kevin Stafanski said he could turn to either Flacco or third-string PJ Walker to lead the team.
Flacco was signed to the Browns’ practice squad last week following starting QB Deshaun Watson being ruled out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. The former Super Bowl MVP has spent the last three seasons serving as a backup QB for both the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Jets. He appeared in five games for the Jets last season, going 18-33 for 149 yards in their Week 18 season finale.