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Robert Griffin III Cleared to Play; Will Likely Start at QB Sunday for Browns

The Browns usually in week 17 wind up starting some journeyman quarterback that is never heard from again after the game.

Don’t believe me? How about 2015 – Austin Davis, 2014 – Connor Shaw, 2013 – Jason Campbell, 2012 – Thaddeus Lewis. You get the picture.

Well, this year sounds like it will be different, as Sunday in Pittsburgh it looks like Robert Griffin III will be back for the Browns, as reports say he’s been cleared from concussion protocol and will be able to take the field.

Coach Hue Jackson has said earlier this week that if Griffin was out of the protocol and was cleared to play that he would be the starter.

The move puts Cody Kessler back to the role as backup, and Josh McCown will probably wind up again as inactive.

RG III played well against the Chargers, going 17 of 28 for 196 yards and running for 42 yards before he was knocked out of the game with the concussion early in the fourth quarter.

This season he’s thrown for 654 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions for the Browns, who will be taking on mostly backups in Heinz Field Sunday with the Steelers already having clinched the AFC North and the 3rd seed in the AFC.

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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