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Flowery Branch's Conner Shaw to start Sunday for Cleveland Browns

By The Associated Press
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BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Connor Shaw - a former standout at Flowery Branch High School and the University of South Carolina - will come off the practice squad and start the season finale on Sunday against Baltimore.<br /> <br /> With Brian Hoyer still slowed by a sore right throwing shoulder, Shaw will be behind center when the Browns (7-8) conclude another disappointing season against the Ravens, who still have a shot at the playoffs.<br /> <br /> "I'm excited about it," Shaw said. "It was a good week of practice and I had a lot of support from coaches and teammates and I'm confident going into this game with the game plan. We'll see what happens on Sunday."<br /> <br /> An undrafted free agent, Shaw is the third quarterback to start for the Browns this season and the 22nd for the franchise since 1999.<br /> <br /> It's the third straight season and fourth time in five seasons that Cleveland's No. 3 quarterback has started the finale.<br /> <br /> Hoyer starter Cleveland's first 13 games before being benched and rookie Johnny Manziel was placed on injured reserve this week after injuring his hamstring last week at Carolina in his second start. Hoyer is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game, and if he can't dress, Tyler Thigpen, who was signed earlier this week will back up Shaw.<br /> <br /> Shaw went 27-5 in four years with the Gamecocks. He's spent this season on Cleveland's practice squad and running the scout team during practice.<br /> <br /> The 23-year-old expects to have some butterflies before kickoff.<br /> <br /> "I get a little bit anxious before any game just like any athlete would," he said. "But once you step on the field for the first couple plays it all goes away and it's just playing football like you always have."
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