The Cleveland Browns would have been praying for an preseason devoid of any controversy heading in to the 2015 season.
But when you have Johnny Manziel making his return from a stint in rehab and trying to become starting quarterback, Josh Gordon getting suspended for the second season in a row, and 2014 first rounder Justin Gilbert struggling to make the 53-man roster, media coverage was always going to be there.
However, it seems like the football gods have afforded the Browns some good news today, after it was revealed that Duke Johnson has been cleared to play in the season opener.
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According to a report from the Browns official website, the rookie halfback has officially been cleared to play after passing concussion protocol after suffering the brain injury.
Johnson now has a couple of days practice to get through and get more reps under his belt, but could play a big part against the New York Jets, according to Browns head coach Mike Pettine.
Second year running back Isaiah Crowell won the starting job ahead of Terrence West in Cleveland, and he is expected to take the majority of the first and second down snaps against the Jets on Sunday.
But Johnson is a big contender to come in on third down, where his speed on the outside and pass catching ability become real strengths and become vital for Browns success.
“If he’s cleared to go and has put a solid couple of days together here, there’s no reason to think he’s not going to play a significant role in the game.”