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Josh McCown Cleared to Practice, Could Start Sunday

Browns quarterback Josh McCown was medically cleared and went through a full practice on Wednesday.

McCown could start Sunday’s game at home against the New York Jets, as Cody Kessler is in the NFL’s concussion protocol.

Head coach Hue Jackson today stated that while McCown will be able to practice, it will be a ‘wait and see’ approach as to how much he goes during the week.

“He’s definitely full practice, and we will see where he is as we go through the week,” Jackson said.

“Good to have him out there. He has been out there the last few weeks throwing it around. He has definitely been medically cleared so we will just see how everything goes for the rest of the week and go from there.”

As far as Kessler being cleared and ready to play Sunday, Jackson would not give any indication as if he might be able to get back on the field in time to play the Jets.

“He is still in concussion protocol,” Jackson said of Kessler.

“I think it is hard to speculate on any of that until we know that for sure. We will work through that as we go.”

McCown himself spoke to the media on Wednesday, and said that he still feels he’s moving in the right direction in terms of being able to take the field.

“We are moving in that direction. That is a good thing,” McCown said.

“I will be able to go out there and practice again today. Then, we will see how it goes.”

The Browns quarterback was asked if he may still be impeded by his injury or if he thinks that it won’t be an issue for him moving forward as he tries to get back on the field this week.

“Obviously, whenever you are dealing with and when you are coming off of something, just because you haven’t been doing the normal movements that you would, there is going to be just getting back into the groove and there is going to be some impeding,” McCown said.

“As it goes and as the weeks have gone by, it feels better and better. Hopefully, as we go out there today, you learn something every day when you’re coming off of injury just where you’re at. We will learn more today.”

The Browns veteran QB hasn’t played since the team took on the Ravens at home in week two against the Ravens, and got the team off to a 20-0 lead less than 11 minutes into the game, but the Ravens came storming back, and took care of business in the 25-20 Baltimore win.

McCown played most of the game with a broken the collarbone suffered in the first quarter but stayed in the game.

This week presents a new challenge as the team takes on a Jets club with a big front line of players that will challenge the Browns beat up offensive line.

There are plenty of tickets and other NFL game tickets still available for the Browns last remaining five home games after the Jets outing on Sunday.

Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio. Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.

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