Browns head coach Eric Mangini told Cleveland reporters today that while starting quarterback Jake Delhomme has yet to practice this week because of an ankle injury, there's still a chance the veteran signal caller suits up on Sunday against the Ravens.
"I don't know. Each day gets a little bit better," Mangini said. "I have total confidence in his ability to operate the plan if he is available. We'll just have to see how that goes."
It's obviously in Mangini's best interest to keep the quarterback situation up in the air and not give the Ravens a definite guy to prepare for, but by all indications, Delhomme will miss Sunday's game and Seneca Wallace will get the start in his place.
Assuming that's the case, the Ravens will be facing a quarterback with less experience and less of a pocket presence, but a lot more mobility.
"I think both of them pose different problems," linebacker Ray Lewis said. "Delhomme is more of a pure-pocket passer - veteran of the game. Seneca is more of a guy who they can really use a lot, even in their Wildcat package they throw him little passes and different things that try to get him isolated. So, Seneca is more of an athlete playing quarterback - a lot of rolling out of the pocket and things like that with him."
The two quarterbacks have posted similar stat lines in their one game each this season. Delhomme went 20-of-37 for 227 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in the season opener against the Buccaneers, and with Delhomme out with the ankle injury last week, Wallace went 16-of-31 for 229 yards, a touchdown and an interception against the Chiefs.
Neither guy will present a huge challenge in the passing game, and the Ravens say that while each has his own specialties, Cleveland's schemes don't change much depending on who is under center.
"They run the similar offense with both of those two guys, but they operate just a little bit differently according to what they do well," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh says. "So, we'll have to be just prepared for both guys. We'll see them and study them. It won't affect our calls."