BEREA, Ohio-- It didn’t take long for the Browns quarterback carousel to start spinning. As the Browns prepare for their home opener Sunday, the team has already lost starting quarterback Robert Griffin III for a minimum of 8 games with a broken bone in his left shoulder.
Josh McCown will get his first start of the 2016 season against the Baltimore Ravens.
“For me, my mindset is go execute and play at a high level,” said McCown. Josh led the Browns to a 33-30 victory last year in Baltimore by throwing for 457 yards and three total touchdowns.
“450-yard passing games are rare,” said McCown. “I don’t know if you necessarily expect to repeat that performance but if the game takes us there we certainly want to be able to deliver that.”
McCown replaces RG3 under center. Griffin was wearing a sling on Wednesday morning in the locker room as he addressed the media for the first time since learning the severity of his injury.
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“It’s just a rare injury so I didn’t really know what to think but now that I know and we know, we’ve done all the tests,” Griffin said. “I’m just listening to what the doctors and trainers are telling me to do and I’ll go from there.”
Griffin remains optimistic and positive that he won’t need any type of surgery and he will be back on the field before the season ends. The Browns just got comfortable with RG3 running the offense and now heading into week 2 they have a new voice in the huddle running the show.
“We are definitely going to feature some different plays probably in the playbook this week than we showed before with Robert, but that’s the nature of the business,” said offensive lineman, Joe Thomas.
The Browns will try to win their third straight home opener Sunday with a tough AFC North opponent coming to town.