BEREA— The Cleveland Browns have not yet named an official starting quarterback for their game on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals at FirstEnergy Stadium.
A report from Jeremy Fowler of ESPN indicated earlier in the day that Josh McCown would start for the Browns, but head coach Mike Pettine wouldn’t confirm that to reporters later in the afternoon.
“(Josh) took less than his full share. It's still truly day to day,” Pettine said. “We’ll see where he is tomorrow.”
Though he wouldn’t confirm that McCown would start, Pettine did say that if the quarterback feels he can play, he will do so, and vice versa.
"I think there's enough of a trust there that if he says he can't, then he can't,” Pettine said.
McCown himself popped into the media room after the Browns locker room closed to say that he’s on the same page as his coach.
"I threw the ball around today, felt a little better,” McCown said. “We'll see Sunday, but I felt better. So that's kind of where it's at.”
As McCown missed time in practice this week, Johnny Manziel could still go on Sunday and according to Pettine, there’s been no drop off in his preparations to play.
“It was good that Johnny got the full rack (of repetitions) on wednesday and some plays yesterday and today, so we'll see,” Pettine said. “Johnny's prepared, ready to go.”
WIth Manziel prepared to play and McCown potentially mended, Pettine said that the Browns now have two options under center on Sunday, based on the situation that presents itself on Sunday.
"We're prepared to do so," Pettine said, when asked if the Browns could play both quarterbacks. "If the game starts out and it's just something (McCown) feels he can't perform his job, that's why we have Johnny."
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