Veteran quarterback Josh McCown will be the starter for the Cleveland Browns Sunday when they play the New York Jets, the team announced Friday morning. McCown has been out since Week Two after breaking his left collarbone in the Browns loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
With opening week starter Robert Griffin III injuring his shoulder against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week One and McCown breaking his collarbone in Week 2, Cleveland has been starting rookie third-round pick Cody Kessler since Week Three. Cleveland enters Sunday’s game as the only winless team in the NFL with an 0-7 record.
McCown is the the definition of a serviceable backup quarterback–he probably won’t be the reason his team wins a game, but he won’t be the reason they lose it either. He opened the 2015 season as the Browns starter before he was eventually replaced by Johnny Manziel. In his nine career starts for the Browns–eight last year, one this year–McCown has completed 63.4 percent of his passes for 2369 yards. He has thrown 14 touchdowns versus six interceptions. In his start against the Ravens this year, he threw for 260 yards on 20-for-33 passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
McCown will be replacing Kessler, who suffered a concussion in Week Seven against the Cincinnati Bengals. In five starts as a rookie, Kessler has completed 66.9 percent of his passes for 947 yards. He has four touchdowns versus only one interception. His availability for Sunday is doubtful. The Browns have also been cycling in converted wide receiver Terrelle Pryor for occasional snaps at quarterback.