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Austin Davis set to sign with Cleveland Browns as Manziel injury issues persist

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Johnny Manziel and Josh McCown's time as the only quarterbacks on the Cleveland Browns' roster appears to have been very brief.

After releasing Thad Lewis on Saturday, and with Connor Shaw on injured reserve, the Browns had left themselves thin at the QB position - especially considering Manziel's current shoulder issues.

New arrival

But, according to Mark Kay Cabot of, the AFC North franchise are set to sign former St. Louis Rams quarterback, Austin Davis, today - so long as no issues arise during a planned physical.


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Cabot notes that the signing of Davis, himself only released by the Rams over the weekend, is a safety first measure by the Browns as they wait on the status of Johnny Manziel ahead of their 2015 season opener against the New York Jets.

Although Josh McCown will remain as starter, Manziel's tendinitis in his right elbow could force him out of this Sunday's game - meaning Davis would step straight in as back up.

Johnny Manziel stated last week he felt confident he would be ready to take his place on the bench for the season opener but, judging by Cleveland's move today, that is far from a certainty.

Davis details

In stark contrast to the hype that accompanied Johnny Football's entrance into the NFL, the man who is set to take his backup job (at least temporarily) has had a far more understated time in the pros.

Austin Davis joined the Rams for the first time back in 2012 an an undrafted quarterback, before spending time in Miami and ultimately rejoining St. Louis last year.

In 2014 he got his first shot as an NFL stater, overseeing the Rams during an eight game spell that included 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions on the way to a 3-5 record.

Browns fans: Who do you think will play most games as your starting quarterback in 2015? Make your prediction in the comments below...

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