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Johnny Manziel To Start Sunday Against Titans

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Posted at 11:19 AM, Sep 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-22 23:34:33-04

BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel will start Sunday's home opener against Tennessee.

Manziel will be making his third NFL start, replacing Josh McCown, who sustained a concussion last week against the New York Jets and has been following the NFL's protocol on head injuries.

The Browns announced Manziel's start before Friday's practice was opened to the media.

McCown had been expected to practice, and coach Mike Pettine said if he did, the 36-year-old veteran would play against the Titans. Pettine will have an update on his quarterback following practice.

Manziel came off the bench last Sunday against the New York Jets after McCown was injured on Cleveland's opening drive. Manziel threw his first career touchdown pass, but also committed three turnovers in a 31-10 loss.

In the Titans opener, quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for 209 yards without an interception to join Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton as the only players to throw four or more TD passes in their first NFL game.

Tarkenton did it for Minnesota against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 17, 1961.

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