(SportsNetwork.com) - Johnny Manziel will reportedly make his first NFL start on Sunday for the Cleveland Browns.

Brian Hoyer had started the first 13 games of the season for the Browns, who are trying to stay alive in the AFC playoff race at 7-6.

Manziel saw his first real action in a relief role two weeks ago in a loss to Buffalo and guided the Browns to their lone touchdown in a 26-10 setback, but coach Mike Pettine decided to stay with Hoyer for another week.

Hoyer again struggled last Sunday against Indianapolis and FOX Sports and NFL.com have reported that Manziel will get the nod for this week's critical contest against Cincinnati.

The Bengals lead the AFC North with a record of 8-4-1.

On Monday, Pettine said he would meet with coaches before making a decision and would inform the players before any announcement. FOX Sports said Tuesday that both Hoyer and Manziel have been notified of the decision.

Hoyer completed just 14-of-31 passes for 140 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns in last week's 25-24 loss to the Colts. In the past four games, he has thrown eight interceptions and just one touchdown pass. The Browns are 1-3 in that time.

Over 13 games this season, Hoyer has thrown for 3,196 yards with 11 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Manziel was 5-of-8 for 63 yards passing and ran for a touchdown against the Bills. He also fumbled.