Update: Wednesday morning Mike Pettine confirmed Johnny Manziel will start for the Browns on Thursday night against the Bengals.
The Cleveland Browns may be without quarterback Josh McCown when they take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football.
McCown is dealing with a right shoulder injury in addition to injured ribs that could be enough to keep him sidelined on a short week. In the meantime, the Browns are getting set for second-year man Johnny Manziel to start Thursday, according to Rand Getlin of the NFL Network.
I'm told the #Browns are preparing QB Johnny Manziel to start, on the road, against the undefeated #Bengals, on a short week. Brutal task.— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) November 3, 2015
#Browns McCown said it will take longer than a few days or weeks for ribs to heal— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) November 3, 2015
This would be a huge loss for the Browns as McCown is quietly having a good season for Cleveland. He's completing 65-percent of his passes for 1,897 yards with 11 touchdowns vs just four interceptions and has a 95.2 passer rating.
If Manziel does play, it would be just his fourth regular-season start with his first coming in Week 15 last year in Cleveland against the Bengals. It was a disastrous game for Manziel, who completed just 10 of 18 passes (55.6-percent) for 80 yards with two interceptions while taking three sacks and rushing for just 13 yards on five carries.
In five regular-season games, Manziel has completed 46 of 85 passes (54.1-percent) for 568 yards with three touchdowns, three interceptions and five fumbles. He's also run the ball 19 times for 71 yards (3.7 yards per carry) and one score.
There was fun to be had for everyone the last time Manziel played against the Bengals. Well, except for Manziel, that is.