McCown (ribs) will start Monday's game against the Ravens, with Johnny Manziel demoted to third on the depth chart, NFL Network's James Palmer reports. Manziel is getting demoted because he was photographed at a bar in Austin, TX during the Browns' bye week. It's not entirely clear that the demotion will last all season, but at the very least, McCown makes for a nice streaming option against a Baltimore defense that he picked apart for 457 passing yards back in Week 5. There should be further updates regarding Cleveland's quarterback situation in the coming days.
Johnny Manziel has been named the Browns' starting quarterback for the rest of the season, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports. Though the Browns fell to Pittsburgh by three touchdowns Sunday, Manziel played well, completing 33-of-45 passes for 372 yards, one touchdown and a pick. He also tacked on 17 rushing yards, including an impressive scamper to the goal line in the third quarter. Coach Mike Pettine indicated after the game that Josh McCown would return as the starter following Cleveland's Week 11 bye, but he's apparently changed his mind and the Browns will go with the higher-upside Manziel for the final six games of the season.
Browns coach Mike Pettine announced Tuesday that McCown (ribs) will be the team's No. 2 quarterback behind Johnny Manziel going forward, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports. A rib injury kept McCown out of the Browns' last two games, allowing Manziel to step in as the starter. While Cleveland dropped both contests, Manziel fared relatively well, completing a combined 48-of-78 passes for 540 yards, two touchdowns and, most importantly, just one pick. Considering the Browns spent a 2014 first-round pick on Manziel, it seemed like only a matter of time until they gave him a chance to take control of the job, and he'll now have the final six games of the season - Cleveland is on bye in Week 11 - to do just that.
McCown (ribs) is expected to be inactive Sunday against the Steelers, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Johnny Manziel will get the start. McCown has battled a number of injuries this season, and Manziel will get another shot at passing for 200 yards in a game. McCown was reportedly close to being healthy enough to play, and with the Browns off in Week 11, he could be back in the starting lineup in Week 12 against the Ravens.
Though coach Mike Pettine will likely wait until game-time to announce the Browns' Week 10 starting QB, Johnny Manziel is expected to draw the assignment over McCown (ribs, questionable) on Sunday against the Steelers, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. At this stage, we may not have confirmation of Cleveland's Week 10 signal-caller until the team's inactives are released in advanced of Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff. While Pettine avoided naming a starter for the contest Friday, he did at least acknowledge that the team would only have McCown listed as active this weekend if he's able to start.
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