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Johnny Manziel set to start for Browns against Pittsburgh Steelers

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More by fortune than design, Johnny Manziel is set to start consecutive NFL games for only the second time in his career this weekend.

That's after Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer revealed that the second-year quarterback is in line to start for the Cleveland Browns against the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday instead of Josh McCown.

McCown, the team's starter when healthy in 2015, was officially listed as questionable today after missing week nine with a rib injury but head coach Mike Pettine had refused to publicly rule him out.


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After watching Manziel put in a solid performance last weekend, many Browns fans had been calling for the former Texas A&M star to be handed the reigns regardless of the fitness of McCown.

And now, with Manziel getting the nod for this weekend's action, they will likely be glad to have another chance to see exactly what the young player has to offer. There are plenty, though, who still need to be convinced that he can produce the goods on a consistent basis.

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Extended look

The Browns, 2-7 on the season, are staring down the barrel of another disappointing campaign.

Giving Manziel an extended run in the team for the remainder of the year, regardless of McCown's health, would allow the franchise to see whether or not they have to hunt for another quarterback in next year's draft.

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So far this season, Manziel has completed 43-of-83 passes for 561 yards and four touchdowns. He has thrown four interceptions and been sacked eight times.

Browns fans: Is Johnny Manziel good enough to be a franchise quarterback? Have your say in the comments below...

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