Tuesday July 22nd, 2014

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said the decision on who will start Week 1 of the regular season will be made by the team’s third preseason game. 

Brian Hoyer is the starter going into training camp, with rookie Johnny Manziel backing him up. The Browns play the St. Louis Rams in their third preseason game on Aug. 23. 

More: Browns training camp: Dates, location and site

"(A decision) could be sooner, and that's something we're going to discuss in that meeting," Pettine said, via the Akron Beacon Journal. "It'll be before the third preseason game. I just don't have a date. I don't know if I'll set a date and kind of paint ourselves into a date, but it will be sooner than the third preseason game."

Cleveland’s regular season starts Sept. 7 on the road against division foe Pittsburgh.

- Scooby Axson

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.