Sunday August 16th, 2015

Cleveland Browns quarterback Connor Shaw sustained a broken thumb during Thursday's preseason game and will be out an “extended period of time,” the team announced on Sunday.

Shaw will undergo surgery on his thumb this week. According to Northeast Ohio Media Group, Shaw will likely be placed on injured reserve for the season.

“I feel for Connor because he has worked extremely hard,” said Browns head coach Mike Pettine. “He's a competitor and has had a great offseason and a good camp so far. He is good for the quarterback room and it's unfortunate that this injury won't allow him to compete.”

Shaw started the season finale for Cleveland last season after quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel were both injured. He completed 14-of-28 passes for 177 yards with one interception.

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The 23-year-old Shaw was expected to be the Browns third-string quarterback behind Josh McCown and Manziel. Pettine has not yet declared a starter for the regular-season opener, however McCown entered training camp as the first-string quarterback.




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