Browns HC Mike Pettine announced Wednesday that Johnny Manziel will, in fact, be the starting quarterback for the Week 9 match up with the Bengals.
“On the short week we realized that Josh just wasn’t going to be able to get to the point where he could go,” Pettine explained. “Johnny has worked hard to prepare himself. He is excited about his opportunity and we are all looking forward to the challenge we face in a good Bengals football team on Thursday night.”
Josh McCown told reporters on Tuesday that he’s even more sore today than he was on Sunday or Monday. McCown is dealing with a rib injury, but it sounds like the Browns would prefer to hold him out and ensure he’s fully healthy.
This season, Manziel has appeared in four games and thrown for 393 yards while completing 56 percent of his passes to go along with three touchdowns and an interception. Manziel has also ran for 42 yards.