After being battered and bruised for the entire season, Josh McCown has taken his final hit for the Browns this year.
In a conference call on Tuesday, Browns coach Mike Pettine announced that McCown will miss the rest of the season with a broken collarbone.
Though he did say surgery will not be needed for McCown, Pettine did call the situation a "worst-case scenario" and lamented the loss of one of his favorite guys in the Browns locker room.
"That's very unfortunate. Josh means a lot to this team, whether it's in the locker room, practice field, game day, just the positive energy he exuded, the leadership," Pettine said. "I can not say enough positive things about Josh McCown and what he's done for this football team and what he means to this football team."
With McCown out, Pettine now has a decision to make between Austin Davis and Johnny Manziel as the starting going forward, but wasn't prepared to name a starter and said that he'd have meetings about it before annoucing that information.
"I'm not ready to announce that," Pettine said, when asked about the quarterback situation. "I have a series of meetings scheduled and we're going to discuss it more to determine our best course of action moving forward. We're going to take everything into consideration and make the decision for this week that's best for the team."
Pettine did confirm, however, that it is his decision who will start behind center and that disciplinary issues and on-field performance will be taken into account with Davis and Manziel.
"I'll gather the opinions of others. I certainly have my own that I will keep private at this point," Pettine said. "That's all going to be part of the discussion that we'll have later today."
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