BEREA--The Browns made it official Wednesday morning that Johnny Manziel will get the start in place of Josh McCown, who is suffering with rib and shoulder injuries.
"On the short week we realized that Josh just wasn't going to be able to get to the point where he could go,” Mike Pettine said in a release sent by the Browns. “Johnny has worked hard to prepare himself. He is excited about his opportunity and we are all looking forward to the challenge we face in a good Bengals football team on Thursday night."
McCown said on Tuesday afternoon that he planned on playing in the Thursday Night game but did not take part in practice Tuesday night, which was the Browns only practice in preparation for Thursday's nationally televised game with the Bengals.
Manziel will get his second start of the season in place of McCown. He led the Browns to a 28-14 win over the Titans in the second week of the season. Manziel was 8-of-15 for 172 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Travis Benjamin late in the game to seal the victory.
On the season, Manziel is 28-of-50 for 393 yards (56 percent) with three touchdowns and one interception and a rating of 93.2.
Manziel made his first NFL start against the Bengals last season on Dec. 14 and was 10-of-18 for just 80 yards and two interceptions in a 30-0 loss to Cincinnati at FirstEnergy Stadium.
McCown is currently the 11th rated quarterback in the NFL with a 95.2 rating. He has thrown for 1,897 yards with 11 touchdowns and four interceptions.