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If healthy, Josh McCown will start for the Cleveland Browns this Sunday

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I am not a Johnny Manziel fan. I never have been and probably never will be. But, for the first time ever, I am coming to the defense of the Cleveland Browns' quarterback.

After looking half-decent in replacing Josh McCown for last week’s 31-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, it looks like Manziel will be relegated to the bench again.

Browns head coach Mike Pettine said if McCown is healthy enough to play on Sunday, he will start for Cleveland. Browns fans and the media alike want to know if Manziel can play on a consistent basis in the league. Cleveland, and particularly Pettine, don’t appear to be all that interested in finding that out themselves.

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"We said all along, Josh McCown started the season as our number one quarterback. He's been out due to injury and (he's) potentially coming back," Pettine said in Marc Sessler’s story on NFL.com. "I get the call for a 'why not' (on Manziel) but we're tasked as coaches to put the roster out there that's going to give us the best opportunity to win."

The fans in the stands might have a different opinion about that.

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Cleveland play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, a team that will be without their own quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, who injured his foot on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

The play of Manziel has been a huge question mark since he was drafted last year and another reason management and the coaching staff may be on the hot seat come the end of the season.

To make matters even worse, Pettine made the comments about McCown playing on Sunday, but the opening day starter did not suit up for practice on Tuesday. 

Nothing to lose

The Browns are 2-7 this season and are more likely to make a run at the top pick in the 2016 NFL Draft than a playoff run. Last season, the team finished 7-9 and gave the fans and the franchise hope for better days ahead, but that has not continued this year..

Cleveland need to know whether they will have to draft another quarterback at the end of this season, as McCown is not the long-term solution, so the final seven games would be the perfect time to judge whether Manziel is their future quarterback or not, as all hopes of a playoff appearance are already dead in the water for the Browns.

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