Charlie Whitehurst has been practicing like he will be the starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, and that looked likely after Tarvaris Jackson was listed as doubtful on Friday's injury report.
The Seahawks, who are coming off a bye week, still have time to evaluate Jackson, who suffered a sprained right pectoral muscle in a win over the Giants on October 9.
But Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said it looked like Whitehurst would get his third career NFL start on the road in Cleveland.
"We prepared all week long to get Charlie ready to start and that's what we're thinking right now," Carroll said Friday. "But we're going to still see what Tarvaris does the next couple of days. He threw well yesterday and feels OK today, so we'll go all the way up to game time to see where he is."
Jackson favored his right shoulder after an 11-yard rush in the second quarter two weeks ago and Whitehurst took over at quarterback, completing 11-of-19 passes for 149 yards and a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Whitehurst started two of the six games he played for Seattle last season but has appeared in only nine games in six NFL seasons.
Jackson has started all five games for the 2-3 Seahawks, who signed him after the lockout. He played his first five seasons in Minnesota.
Tight end Zach Miller will miss Sunday's game against the Browns with head and neck injuries.