While many expected Johnny Manziel to be pushed back into the starting lineup after the season ending injury to Josh McCown, the Browns have stuck to their guns and decided to keep the rising signal caller on the bench.
As a result, the Cleveland Browns will start Austin Davis at quarterback over Johnny Manziel against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, coach Mike Pettine announced Wednesday.
Davis nearly guided the Browns to a win over Baltimore after replacing McCown in the fourth quarter. Davis was 7 of 10 for 77 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown pass to tie the score.
"Austin took advantage of his opportunity on Monday night. He was prepared, played well and put us in position to win," Pettine said in a statement. "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."
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Is this the end of the Johnny Manziel era in Cleveland?