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Johnny Football time: Manziel replaces injured McCown, throws TD pass

Sep 13, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) during the pre game warmups for their game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 13, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) during the pre game warmups for their game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Johnny Manziel's 2015 debut has arrived much sooner than anticipated, and he is already delivering.

Starting Browns quarterback Josh McCown is out for the game after taking a hard hit at the end of Cleveland's opening drive Sunday against the Jets. McCown was sprinting toward the end zone when he was hit while diving for the goal line, knocking the ball loose for a Jets touchback. McCown was 5 of 8 for 49 yards as the Browns drove 90 yards and ate up nearly 10 minutes of clock.

Manziel, who has been sidelined since Aug. 23 with tendinitis in his throwing elbow, led the Browns to a touchdown on his first possession with a long pass to Travis Benjamin for a 54-yard touchdown. It was the first career touchdown pass for Manziel.

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