CLEVELAND--Will Josh McCown be able to bounce back for next week's game with Miami or will he find out later tonight or on Monday that he will be sidelined for a short period of time or the season?
If McCown cannot play, rookie Cody Kessler is the next man up. The Browns have used at least three starting quarterbacks in nine of their previous 16 seasons.
McCown said he's planning on playing.
“We will see," McCown said. "My mindset is that everything will be alright and we will move ahead business as usual. It is just a matter of letting the doctors and trainers do their job, and my expectations are to play some ball.”
Hue Jackson said he didn't know the answer right after the game.
“I’m not totally sure what is wrong," Jackson said. "We will probably get a chance to talk to the medical staff. Obviously, there was something there but the guy kept battling and playing.
“The last ball, I know everybody wants to say we just threw it up and it is on Josh," he said. "It is not on Josh. At the end of the day, he has obviously got to protect the ball better, but again, I know he was trying to make a play and I take responsibility for all that. The guy battled his tail off, and I know he played under a little duress from their defensive front. Also, he was battling a little injury but he fought as hard as he could.”
Jackson was asked if he thought McCown would be able to play next week.
“I have yet to talk to our medical people about it.”
Last week, Robert Griffin III injured his left shoulder late in the game and talked to reporters after the game and said he planned on playing next week. Later that night, it was revealed that Griffin had suffered a broken coracoid bone in his shoulder and would be sidelined for at least eight games and possibly the season.
McCown was subdued in the post game interview and wasn't lifting his left shoulder as he was getting dressed. McCown said he knows he only has so many more opportunities to play in the NFL.
“It think it is just not wanting to not be out there with your guys," McCown said. "I have a dad and an older brother who get up and go to work and sometimes they don’t feel great and they go. They go and they grind. I have two little boys that are playing football now. They get hit and they get banged up, and I am trying to teach them what toughness means.
"For me, it is those things and just knowing the window for me right now and understanding that I don’t want to miss snaps," he said. "I don’t want to be out there without my guys. Unless it is going to fall off, let’s try to make it work and make it go. That is my mentality."
Jackson said McCown is as tough a quarterback as he's coached.
“Josh? He is tough," Jackson said. "There is no question he is tough. That is why he played in this league as long as he has. He is very tough. He knows how to make plays. He made some outstanding plays, and I am sure there are some he would like to have back, but that is the NFL at its best. You are going to make some, you are going to miss some and you have to make more than you miss. That is just the way it goes.”
McCown finished 20-of-33 for 260 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions and a 80.4 rating. He was sacked three times and hit on numerous other occasions. However, the first interception he threw near the end of the first half is the one that is bothering him more than his shoulder.
“Like I said, I think there are different moments, but for me certainly, I just walk away going that the interception at the end of the half was definitely one of those points where we gave a little bit back and gave them there," McCown said. "I am just disappointed in myself for that one. It can’t happen. (WR Rashard) Higgins was trying to and was working a guy on the route, and he and I have to get on the same page on what was going on. If I can get off of him and check the ball down or something but just keep the ball in play and not turn it over there at the half and not give them three, I think we let a little bit of momentum go there.”