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Cleveland Browns have three potential replacements for Robert Griffin III

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After just one game as the Cleveland Browns starting quarterback, Robert Griffin III has been put on Injured Reserve after suffering a bad shoulder injury.

While it won't require any surgery, the Browns have yet to state if Griffin is designated to return or not, meaning that he could either be out for eight games or the rest of the 2016 NFL season depending on the seriousness of the knock and his rehab process.

The Browns have some options open to them at this point, let's take a look at three of them here.


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Josh McCown

The obvious choice here is the man who is number two on the Browns depth chart and perceived by some to be one of the best backup quarterbacks in the entire league.

The Dallas Cowboys were supposedly interested in McCown when Tony Romo went down with a back injury, until Dak Prescott proved he could make adequate cover until the veteran returns at the mid-season mark.

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McCown played in eight games for the Browns last year during their quarterback nadir of 2015. In those appearances, he had a 63.7% completion rate and threw 12 touchdowns to just four interceptions.

McCown is 99.9% certain to start week two.

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Cody Kessler

This would be a huge turnup for the books, but maybe, just maybe, head coach Hue Jackson sees something in the rookie quarterback Cody Kessler.

A third round pick out of USC in the 2016 Draft, the Browns head office obviously liked what they saw from the former Trojan to spend a day two pick on the 23-year-old.

The former four-star prospect had a pretty good college career after picking USC ahead of Alabama, Auburn, UCLA and Washington. In his senior year of college, Kessler completed 67% of his passes for 3,536 yards and 29 touchdowns against just seven interceptions. 

If McCown struggles, don't write off the chance of Kessler taking the starting reigns at some point.

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AJ McCarron

The wildcard of the bunch. Is it really out of the realms of possibility that the Browns could trade for a new quarterback? 

If the Browns do go down the trade route then there is only one man who really makes sense, sorry Mike Glennon. 

Browns coach Hue Jackson worked with McCarron last season during his time at the Cincinnati Bengals as offensive coordinator and all the reports about the former Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback are very positive. 

McCarron would be a project quarterback and one very much for the future, but he could end up being the best second or third round pick the Browns will ever spend. 

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