Thad Lewis gets first NFL start at QB for Cleveland Browns

  • Updated: Dec. 28, 2012 at 01:23 p.m.

Injured Cleveland Browns quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy have been ruled out for the team's regular-season finale, coach Pat Shurmur announced Friday via The Plain Dealer. Third-stringer Thad Lewis will start the Sunday's game at the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Steelers also have ruled out wide receiver Mike Wallace for Sunday's game, according to the Beaver County Times. According to the newspaper, Wallace's injury -- sustained in last weekend's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals -- is more like a hamstring pull.

Both Weeden and McCoy injured their right shoulders last week against the Denver Broncos. They have not practiced this week. Lewis took all the snaps with the first-team offense during the portion of Friday's practice open to the media.

Also, rookie running back Trent Richardson remains sidelined with a sprained ankle and will miss Sunday's game. He needed just 50 yards to reach 1,000.

Lewis' first NFL start will be a daunting one as the Steelers' defense is ranked No. 1 overall in the NFL. The Browns signed free agent Josh Johnson to be his backup.