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Josh McCown cleared of concussion protocol, will start against Raiders

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The Cleveland Browns have confirmed that quarterback Josh McCown has cleared concussion protocol and will start against the Oakland Raiders this weekend, and not Johnny Manziel.

McCown has been out of action since suffering the concussion during the Browns' first offensive drive of the season against the New York Jets on week one. He completed five out of eight passes for 49 yards and ran three times for 23 yards.

Since then, Manziel had been taking snaps under center and shining for the Browns, showing some true excellence.


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He has completed 21 of 39 passes for 354 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. He also earned the Browns their first win of the season against the Tennessee Titans in week two.

Despite this formidable play, Manziel has not been awarded the starting job ahead of McCown. Now the 36-year-old has cleared concussion protocol, the AFC North team will stick with their original plan from the start of the season, and start McCown against the Raiders in week three according to Ian Rapoport.

This is a surprising revelation to some, but not to all. Manziel has shown in the past that while he has the ability to make a big play from out of nowhere (see his touchdown passes to Travis Benjamin so far this season), his tendency to turn over the ball can't be ignored.

Once Manziel becomes more disciplined in this field, he could then be considered for the starting role.

He hasn't really had a prolonged period as the starting quarterback at the Browns to prove himself, but that could be coming soon if McCown doesn't play well against the Raiders at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Who should be the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns? Josh McCown or Johnny Manziel? Have your say and leave a comment below...

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