The issue for the Browns and Shaw is that his injury will likely cost him 12 weeks, which means the only way they could keep him around is to place him on injured reserve with the designation to return.
However, it’s unlikely that the Browns would use their only short-term I.R. designation on a third string quarterback.
Shaw unfortunately broke the thumb on his throwing hand during Thursday’s preseason game against Washington.
Shaw, 23, signed on with the Browns as an undrafted out of South Carolina last year. He has two years remaining on his three-year, $1.53 million contract, which includes a base salary of $525,000 for the 2016 season.
In 2014, Shaw wound up appearing in one game and completing 14 of 28 attempts for 177 yards, no touchdowns and an interception.