Brian Hoyer
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After benching him on Sunday (Nov. 30) and giving Johnny Manziel some playing time, the Cleveland Browns have decided to stick with Brian Hoyer as their starting quarterback.

The team said they were deciding whether their rookie Manziel would start for their upcoming game on Sunday (Dec. 7) against the Indianapolis Colts. But, after two days of deliberation, they decided that Hoyer will start for the 13th straight game, coach Mike Pettine announced Wednesday (Dec. 3), reports ESPN.

“After thorough evaluation and talking to the staff, we feel Brian gives us the best opportunity to win on Sunday,” Pettine said. “This is a football decision, and those are always going to be based on what we think is best for our team.

“Brian has led our team to a 7-5 record. I’m confident that we can get the entire offense playing at the level needed to accomplish the goals we set at the beginning of the season. Those goals are still very much attainable.”

A source tells ESPN that if the Browns lose on Sunday, it’s possible that Manziel will take over as the starter for the final three games of the season.