Report: Johnny Manziel to start Sunday

Browns QB Johnny Manziel is reportedly returning to the starting role for Cleveland on Sunday against San Francisco.

NASHVILLE-- Johnny Manziel is out of timeout. 

After being demoted to the third-string and sitting on the bench for Cleveland's last two losses, Manziel will start for the Browns against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.

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Less than a week after being named the team's rest-of-the-season starter, Manziel, 23, was demoted to third-string following Cleveland's bye week, during which he was seen rapping and holding a bottle of champagne in Austin, TX.

Though the video went viral, Manziel reportedly lied to the Browns about the validity of the video, namely the time that it was taken, and violated the trust of the coaches and front office staff. 

With support from the front office, Browns coach Mike Pettine took action in disciplining Manziel, but said too that the incident wasn't a "dead end" for the quarterback and that he could start again during the 2015 season.

Clearly, with Monday's news, that was the case. 

Manziel has started three games for Cleveland in 2015 and has played in six overall contests, completing 76 of his 128 pass attempts for five touchdowns, two interceptions and a 88.4 QB rating. 

After his last start against the Pittsburgh Steelers-- a start in which Manziel threw for 372 yards and a touchdown-- Pettine said the growth of the quarterback on the field was clear, leading him to trust Manziel as the starter.

After Manziel's incident and lie, however, Josh McCown was named the starter for the Browns against Baltimore.

In that Monday Night Football contest, McCown suffered a season-ending broken collarbone, Austin Davis entered the fold for the Browns and threw a game-tying touchdown pass to Travis Benjamin. 

In the aftermath of that contest, Davis was named Cleveland's week 12 starter against Cincinnati, but Pettine indicated that the starting quarterback position would be on a "week-to-week" basis for the rest of the season.

On Sunday, Davis finished 25-38 with 230 yards and an interception in the Browns' 37-3 loss to Cincinnati, prompting the Browns to name Manziel the starter once again.

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