Browns HC Hue Jackson admitted after Sunday’s loss to the Steelers that they could shut down rookie QB Cody Kessler for the remainder of the season now that he sustained his second concussion of the season.
“It’s a possibility,” said Jackson, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “We’ll see. I’m definitely going to talk to our medical staff because this is about a young man’s career and future so we have to do the right thing.”
Jackson said that they would move forward with veteran QB Josh McCown if they determine Kessler should not return this year.
“(McCown will) go out there and I expect Josh to play well, and he will,” said Jackson. “We have to go back and fix some things quickly for these guys. The players here at the Cleveland Browns are trying. They are busting their tails. I don’t think anybody can question that, but at the same time, we’re just not playing as good enough or it is not happening for us right now to where we get a chance.’‘
Kessler, 23, was taken with the No. 93 overall pick by the Browns back in May. He was an interesting selection for the Browns, considering that they elected to trade out of the No. 2 spot and passed on Carson Wentz.
Kessler signed a four-year contract worth $3,004,788 that included a signing bonus of $664,788 with the Browns.
This season, Kessler has completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 1,369 yards to go along with six touchdowns and two interceptions over the course of eight games. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 22 quarterback out of 35 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Kessler as the news is available.