CLEVELAND (AP) Browns backup quarterback Johnny Manziel will start against the unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night.
The Browns are forced to go with Manziel because starter Josh McCown has a sore right shoulder and injured ribs. McCown played through pain in the second half of Sunday's loss to Arizona.
Browns coach Mike Pettine said there wasn't enough time for McCown to recover. McCown was unable to practice Tuesday night and Pettine made the decision to go with Manziel before the Browns left for Cincinnati.
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This will be the second start this season for Manziel, who won against Tennessee in Week 2 when McCown was sidelined with a concussion. Manziel replaced McCown late in the second half the past two weeks.
The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner is also being investigated by the NFL for a recent domestic dispute.
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