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Browns Officially Announce Johnny Manziel As Starter at QB vs 49ers

The world’s worst kept secret was finally let out of the bag on Tuesday, as the Browns are going back to Johnny Manziel as their starter at quarterback starting this Sunday against the 49’ers at home.

Manziel was informed Tuesday, though multiple outlets reported it Monday that the second-year QB was going to start.

“Johnny will be our starting quarterback on Sunday,” Browns coach Mike Pettine said.

“He’s been solid in the building over the last couple of weeks and we are hopeful he takes this opportunity to continue to build on the progress he’s made on the field throughout the season. The goal for every game is to go out and win, and Johnny needs to show that he can put us in position to do so during these last four weeks of the season.”

It will be the fourth start of the season for Manziel, who is 1-2 to this point after beating the Titans as the starter in week two, and then back to back losses to the Bengals and Steelers.

He was named the starter during the bye week for the rest of the season, but got it taken away and demoted to third string when pictures and a video surfaced of him partying during the bye week.

Manziel has completed 76-of-128 passes for 933 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. He also has 73 rushing yards. He will take over for Austin Davis, last weeks starter in the loss to the Bengals.

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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