Browns QB Johnny Manziel to start vs. Bengals on Thursday

Johnny Manziel will reportedly start at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns on Thursday. 
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Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel will start against the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, the team announced on Wednesday. 

Josh McCown, who has started seven games for the Browns this season, injured his ribs in a loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Manziel played briefly during the game, attempting six passes. 

Head coach Mike Pettine said early Tuesday that both McCown and Manziel would prepare to play, however, McCown did not practice Tuesday night. 

Manziel has played in four games so far this season, completing 28 of 50 passes for 393 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. He has a passer rating of 93.2.

Earlier this week, the Associated Press reported NFL investigators spoke to police officers involved in an October domestic dispute between Manziel and his girlfriend. The league is investigating whether Manziel’s actions violated the league’s personal conduct policy.

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A first-round pick in 2014, Manziel has played in nine games in his career, completing 54.1% of his passes for three touchdowns and five interceptions. The Browns are currently 2–6 and in third place in the AFC North.

- Rohan Nadkarni