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Austin Davis to Start Sunday for Browns at QB Against Bengals

Browns coach Mike Pettine Wednesday made a decision that likely won’t go over very well with a fan base that already isn’t enjoying what’s turned into a disaster of a season.

Austin Davis will start at quarterback Sunday against the Bengals at First Energy Stadium.

Pettine made the decision and announced it on Wednesday as the team get further away from their 33-27 loss to the Ravens and start to look ahead to a Bengals team that is set to be the 2015 AFC North Champions within a few weeks.

“Austin took advantage of his opportunity on Monday night. He was prepared, played well and put us in position to win,” Pettine said. “He’s been great in the quarterback room all season and he has earned the right to start on Sunday. We expect him to play well.”

Davis came in when Josh McCown went down with a broken clavicle that will sideline him the rest of the season. He went 7-for-10 for 77 yards, including a 42-yard, game-tying touchdown pass to Travis Benjamin.

The quarterback was inked by the Browns back in September after time with St.Louis in 2014. He started eight games last season with the Rams, and completed 180-of-284 passes for 2,001 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Now the backlash over Pettine not starting Johnny Manziel will commence.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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