McCown is recovering well from his broken collarbone and is hopeful that he'll receive clearance to work out in the near future, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. McCown endured an avalanche of ailments in the most recent campaign, missing one game due to a concussion, two more due to a rib injury, and the final five outings with a broken collarbone. Despite the misfortune on the injury front, he completed 186 of 292 passes for 2,109 yards, 12 touchdowns, and four interceptions in just eight games. With the troubles befalling Johnny Manziel, McCown appears to be the Browns' starting quarterback, especially with a contract in hand through the 2017 season.
McCown, who finished the season on IR due to a broken collarbone, completed 186 of 292 passes for 2,109 yards, 12 touchdowns and four interceptions on the year. It was back and forth all year for McCown, as his health and the behavior of Johnny Manziel typically dictated whether or not the 36-year-old veteran would see the field on a given week. He was relatively effective when the team turned to him, particularly in a 457-yard effort Week 5 in Baltimore, but the overall lack of offensive weapons ultimately limited what he was able to do with his opportunities. Furthermore, a concussion, shoulder and ribs injuries limited McCown at various points in the year. He's under contract with Cleveland through 2018, but the organization seems more likely to try younger options over the coming seasons in an attempt to find a long-term solution.
Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel will start Sunday's game against the 49ers, the team announced Tuesday. With Josh McCown (collarbone) out for the year and Austin Davis coming off a terrible outing, the Browns will unsurprisingly turn back to Manziel for a four-game evaluation to close out the season. Manziel played pretty well in his last game before being benched for off-field transgressions, but the sum of his performance this season has still been mediocre. He has completed 59.4 percent of his passes for 7.3 yards per attempt, with five touchdowns and two interceptions, adding 90 yards on 17 carries. Manziel should have every opportunity to prove himself, as the weak Cleveland defense has consistently ensured that the team has to play from behind. There is some question regarding the health of top weapons Gary Barnidge (ankle) and Travis Benjamin (shoulder), but the Browns expect both to be ready for Sunday's favorable matchup with the 49ers.
The Browns placed McCown (collarbone) on injured reserve Wednesday, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. It was announced Tuesday that McCown would be out for the rest of the season with a broken collarbone, and Wednesday's roster move confirms he will not play again this season. Head coach Mike Pettine has yet to announce who -- Austin Davis or Johnny Manziel -- will take over as the Browns' starting quarterback moving forward.
Browns quarterback Josh McCown (broken collarbone) will not play again this season, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The news was confirmed by Browns head coach Mike Pettine, who chose not to disclose whether Austin Davis or Johnny Manziel will be the replacement. Davis filled in capably during the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Ravens, but he doesn't offer much in the way of long-term upside. On the other hand, Manziel has made major strides since last season, but his recent off-field controversy led Pettine to drop him from first to third on the depth chart.
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