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Browns to start Josh McCown over Johnny Manziel vs Raiders

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Despite the impressive performance Johnny Manziel had for the Browns in a win over the Titans last week, he will not start in week 3 against the visiting Raiders. Manziel was starting due to the concussion Josh McCown suffered in the Browns' week one loss to the Jets. And now that McCown has passed concussion tests and is out of the concussion protocol, the Browns have inserted him back as the team's starter.

McCown was signed by the Browns this offseason and immediately inserted as the starter. Manziel was the team's first round pick in 2014 and struggled early in his career, appearing in 5 games with 2 starts, prompting the team to acquire the veteran journeyman McCown, who played a season for the Raiders (2007), among his seven NFL stops.

Over two games this season, Manziel has completed 54% of his passes for 354 yards with 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. The former Heisman Trophy winner seemed to have earned a chance to continue to start, but Browns head coach Mike Pettine opted to go back to McCown, who was the team's original choice to start. And the Raiders won't be left wondering which of the two quarterbacks to prepare for.