The St. Louis Rams, still reeling from their pretend-week-one drubbing from the Minnesota Vikings, will find week two opponents the Cleveland Browns more to their liking—if only their offensive line (and Sam Bradford) can recover from their turf-bound debut.
In the Browns the Rams find at least one uncomfortable reminder that nothing in the NFL is guaranteed—the Browns' franchise quarterback of the future, prepackaged multimedia superstar Brady Quinn, is currently fighting for the chance to be the Denver Broncos' backup.
The Browns the Rams will face today in Cleveland are much changed from the dysfunctional 2009 squad, which was bounced between Quinn and long-term suspect Derek Anderson while bouncing themselves to a 5-11 record. Quinn and Anderson are gone, replaced by former Carolina Panther Jake Delhomme, itinerant quarterback/wide receiver Seneca Wallace, and third-round draft choice Colt McCoy.
McCoy, who threw two interceptions in his first game with the Browns and left with a throwing-hand injury, was cleared to appear in today's game after the injury was revealed to be a sprained thumb. His Rams counterpart, Sam Bradford, will remain A.J. Feeley's official backup but can be expected to get much of the playing time for a second week in a row.
Rookie wide receiver Mardy Gilyard will make his Rams debut after being scratched from the Vikings game with a hand injury. Steven Jackson, who also didn't play, is unconfirmed but may also appear—according to an article from the Associated Press he's "preparing as if [he's] going to play."