When Josh McCown was spun out of the Cleveland Browns' season-opener on Sunday afternoon, Johnny Manziel got his chance to lead the franchise in 2015 far earlier than many had expected.
While the much-maligned quarterback endured some tough moments, he did enough to suggest he could be in the running to start in week two - even if McCown passed the concussion protocol.
Now though, Browns head coach Mike Pettine has offered some clarity on the QB situation - and it's not good news for fans of the former Texas A&M star.
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As reported by ESPN's Pat McManamon, Cleveland is planning to stick with Josh McCown so long as there are no shocks in practice tomorrow:
"Mike Pettine said if McCown practices Friday and all goes well, he does not "see any reason why we wouldn't play him" on Sunday vs. Titans," wrote McManamon.
Although Manziel looks set to continue his rehabilitation as an NFL quarterback from the bench, it is testament to the work he put in over the offseason that he is even in the discussion for the starting job this early in the season.
Having endured a torrid rookie year, Manziel entered rehab over the summer and appears to have turned over a new leaf in his quest to prove his doubters wrong.
Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator John DeFlippo was full of compliments when asked whether the second-year QB could become a quality starter down the line:
"Yes," said DeFlippo. "He's got tremendous physical attributes."
As for the immediate future, the Browns look set to run with the veteran McCown when they welcome the Tennessee Titans this weekend.
Browns fans: Who do you want to see as your starting quarterback? Have your say in the comments below...
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