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Browns Make it Official; Manziel to Start Thursday vs Bengals

BEREA, Ohio – The Browns have made the worst kept secret in the NFL today official, Johnny Manziel will start at quarterback tomorrow night against the Bengals.

Manziel led the Browns to one of their two wins this season in week two when he helped the team beat the Tennessee Titans at First Energy Stadium.

Here’s the official info from the Browns on the move:

Second-year quarterback Johnny Manziel will make his second start of the season Thursday when the Browns face Cincinnati at Paul Brown Stadium.

Starter Josh McCown is dealing with injuries to his throwing shoulder and ribs. He played through noticeable pain in Sunday’s loss to Arizona and was relieved for the game’s final series.

“On the short week we realized that Josh just wasn’t going to be able to get to the point where he could go,” said Browns Head Coach Mike Pettine. “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.”

McCown did not participate in Tuesday night’s practice. Pettine said earlier in the day both McCown and Manziel were preparing as if they would start, the same approach they took into the Cardinals game.

Manziel has appeared in three games this season and completed 28-of-50 passes for 393 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.

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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