CLEVELAND--Another game, another quarterback injury.
Cody Kessler was knocked out of the game in the first quarter to become the third quarterback in the first five games that has been knocked out of a game. Charlie Whitehurst replaced Kessler to become the fifth quarterback to have played the position so far this season, including wide receiver Terrelle Pryor.
Robert Griffin III suffered a broken coracoid bone in his shoulder against the Eagles and Josh McCown suffered a hairline fracture to his collarbone in Week Two against the Ravens. Griffin III was diagnosed to miss eight to 12 weeks, while there has not been a timetable on McCown's possible return other than "week-to-week". After the game, Hue Jackson said that McCown would have tests to see where he is at going forward and didn't rule him out from playing next week.
Jackson said called Kessler "day-to-day" after the game and said it was his understanding that initial X-rays didn't show any broken bones. Kessler said he is very sore, but is hoping to be ready for next week. He said he will likely have more tests later tonight or on Monday.
Kessler was thankful it wasn't his shoulder.
"When I landed, I heard something weird and I thought it was my shoulder," Kessler said.
Kessler started the third, fourth and fifth games but didn't make it out of the first quarter in week five. Kessler's injury was described as a chest/rib injury. He returned briefly to the sideline, but was ruled out at halftime. HIs status for next Sunday's game with the Titans is uncertain, but he hopes he can play.
“That is my goal, like I said, is to stay on top of it and continue to get treatment and get back as fast as possible," Kessler said. "I hate missing time with these guys so I want to get back as fast as I can.”
Kessler suffered the injury with 1:20 to play in the first quarter when he was hit and pile driven to the ground by linebacker Dont'a Hightower after a lateral toward running back Duke Johnson that went out of the end zone and resulted in a safety.
Kessler was 5-of-8 for 62 yards and a 11-yard touchdown to WR Andrew Hawkins. He was injured on the second play of his third series. Kessler's rating was 126.0 in his limited role.
"We felt comfortable as an offense and were moving the ball well and we were starting to get into a good rhythm," Kessler said. "With the more playing time I get, I feel more comfortable and it was unfortunate and it hurt me to come out."