After losing starter Josh McCown to injury, the Cleveland Browns have decided to name Austin Davis the starting quarterback over Johnny Manziel.
Coach Mike Pettine announced the news Wednesday, saying Davis will start against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
McCown has been placed on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the season after fracturing his collarbone against Baltimore on Monday night. After the injury, Davis nearly guided the Browns to a win in the fourth quarter… but fell short.
“Austin took advantage of his opportunity on Monday night. He was prepared, played well and put us in position to win,” Pettine said in a statement. “He’s been great in the quarterback room all season and he has earned the right to start on Sunday. We expect him to play well.”
As for Manziel, Pettine says his situation is a “weekly thing”, and that Manziel could again play at some point before the season ends. “I talked to the quarterbacks this morning, and I said, given where we are, what our circumstances are, it’s safe to say now that this is a weekly thing,” Pettine said. “The decision was made it’s Austin for this week. I’m not going to go beyond that.”
Manziel was demoted to third string last week, as punishment for partying in Austin, TX during the team’s bye week… with photos surfacing online. He then lied to the coaching staff about it.
On Sunday, Davis, 26, who will be making his ninth career start… and 24th different quarterback to start for the Browns since 1999.