- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer is not practicing because of a sore shoulder, raising the likelihood rookie Connor Shaw will start the season finale at Baltimore.

Hoyer was injured in Sunday’s loss at Carolina after he replaced Johnny Manziel, who hurt his hamstring and will not play again this season. Browns coach Mike Pettine has not decided on a starter for this week, but said he does not expect Hoyer, who started Cleveland’s first 13 games, to get to 100 percent in the next few days.

Shaw took the initial snaps in practice followed by veteran Tyler Thigpen, who was signed earlier in the day as a backup.

Hoyer and Manziel rode stationary bikes during the portion of Tuesday’s practice open to the media.

Browns cornerback Joe Haden was on the field after missing last week’s game with a shoulder injury.


Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL

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