McCown cleared, will start over Manziel
BEREA, Ohio (AP) Browns quarterback Josh McCown will start ahead of Johnny Manziel this Sunday against Oakland after passing the NFL’s protocol on concussions.
McCown was injured in the season opener against the New York Jets and had to sit out last week because of lingering symptoms from his head injury. Manziel replaced him and led the Browns to a 28-14 victory over Tennessee, his first career win. Manziel threw two long to touchdown passes but also had two fumbles, giving him four in two games.
McCown completed 5 of 8 passes for 49 yards before getting hurt when he tried to launch himself into the end zone on a scramble and was struck in the helmet.
On Monday, Pettine hinted toward going back to the 36-year-old McCown, who was cleared by an independent neurologist Wednesday and will practice. Pettine said he would start the QB who gives his team the best chance to win.
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