Browns’ QB Josh McCown likely to start

The Browns just got QB Josh McCown back earlier this week, when he was medically cleared to play. However, QB Cody Kessler isn’t at practice today, which means it’s likely that McCown is going back into the starting lineup immediately.

Kessler had been getting the starts and playing solid football, especially for a guy who was never supposed to touch the field. When both Robert Griffin and McCown went down with injury, though, they had to turn to the USC product. However, last weekend, Kessler himself was hurt. He has a concussion and doesn’t appear to have cleared the NFL’s protocol yet. If he doesn’t, he not allowed to play.

McCown was hurt playing the Ravens back in the middle of September. He had a fractured left collarbone. Yesterday, he came back to practice and was even a full participant. He’s doing that again today, as he preps for the start.

The Browns are still winless and have had a lot of injury issues on top of it. CB Joe Haden, one of the best in the NFL when he’s healthy, missed time. Griffin is done for the year, when they had planned for him to be the starter. Corey Coleman, their rookie wideout, was off to a terrific start and then injured his hand. He’s been out. The team also lost WR Josh Gordon right before he was supposed to return when he decided to check himself into rehab. He just can’t shake his off-the-field issues.

They do have a somewhat soft opponent this weekend in the 2-5 New York Jets. The Jets are coming off of a win over the Ravens, though.

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