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Manziel again? Too soon to know who will start when Browns take on Raiders

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Johnny Manziel speaks to the media on Sept. 18.

BEREA, Ohio– The Cleveland Browns do not know who will start Sunday’s game at FirstEnergy Stadium against the Oakland Raiders.  Josh McCown, who was named the starting quarterback before the season began, is still in the NFL’s concussion protocol as of Monday afternoon.  Until he is cleared to play and practice, Mike Pettine says Johnny Manziel remains the starter.

Manziel is fresh off his first career win in the National Football League on Sunday in which he threw two touchdown passes to Travis Benjamin as the Browns beat the Titans 28-14.  It was Manziel’s third career start in the NFL.

The Browns are waiting to see what McCown’s status will be and if he will be able to practice on Wednesday, a heavy installation day as the team prepares for Oakland.  If he is clear, Pettine says Manziel’s play on Sunday makes for a positive conversation as to who should start under center.  “Johnny has made a lot of progress in the right direction,” says Pettine.  “Still a lot of things to get cleaned, but we certainly feel like the arrow is up.”

Oakland comes to Cleveland on Sunday with a 1-1 record after beating the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday at home 37-33.  Sunday’s game kicks off at 1:00.

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