BEREA— It was a tale of two quarterbacks in Berea on Monday, as the Browns started preparing for their first game against the New York Jets on Sunday.
The first quarterback was the newly signed No. 7, Austin Davis, who was released by St. Louis after starting eight gamers and tossing 12 touchdowns as the Rams starter last season.
“Austin (Davis) is a guy that his name has come up often,” Mike Pettine said. “He’s played some quality minutes in this league. He does not have practice squad eligibility so the only way to get him was to put him on the 53. Also, given still the uncertainty, without going into detail, we feel good about where Johnny (Manziel) is, but it was an opportunity for us to added Austin and that was really the only way we could do it.”
The other quarterback was none other than Manziel, who was finally able to throw the football in the portion of practice open to the media on Monday afternoon.
When asked if Manziel threw, Pettine said “Yeah, he was.”
Manziel, who missed the final two preseason games with elbow soreness, started throwing tennis balls and weighted balls last week, but this is the first time he's thrown a football since Training Camp.
In the wake of the Browns quarterback addition, the team designated rookie CB Charles Gaines to the IR, but he is eligible to return to the team later this season.
Finally, after RB Terrance West was traded to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, RB Shaun Draughn appeared at practice without a cast on his left thumb for the first time since Training Camp.
Draughn was signed to the Browns practice squad and may need to be added to the 53-man roster, with only Isaiah Crowell and Malcolm Johnson healthy in the Browns backfield.
Just before Browns head coach Mike Pettine took to the podium, the Browns announced that offensive line coach Andy Moeller had been suspended indefinitely by the team for an incident that occurred over the weekend.
Moeller has been suspended in the past for alcohol related incidents, including a two-game suspension for a DUI in 2011, when he was with the Baltimore Ravens.
“I’m sure everybody has read the statement on (offensive line coach) Andy (Moeller),” Pettine said. “I’m not going to add to that further at this point with any details. We’re following our internal protocol, but I will say in the short term that the room will be handled by (assistant offensive line coach) George DeLeone and we’ll also move (senior offensive assistant coach) Kurt Roper in there, as well. Those two, in addition to the strong leadership in the room, we feel that there will not be a significant drop off. Ill open it up”
There is no official word of the nature of the incident from the Browns, but the team specified that the allegations were “serious.”
Brown and Out
There were two Browns missing from practice on Monday— RB Duke Johnson and CB Pierre Desir—each of whom are still going through the NFL’s concussion protocol.
In addition, CB Justin Gilbert and LB Nate Orchard were on the bikes, not participating in football activities.