Good news: Kessler, McCown should be ready

For once, the Browns receive some good news at the quarterback position on Monday.

BEREA, Ohio--If ever a team needed some good news at quarterback, it would be the Browns. 

After playing seven different quarterbacks in their last seven games, dating back to last season, the Browns might've dodged a bullet with rookie quarterback Cody Kessler.

"Cody will obviously be day-to-day as I said (Sunday)," Hue Jackson said. "There is nothing broken, so there's a good chance he will be have an opportunity to be out there this week, so we'll work through that."

Jackson was asked to clarify whether he meant that Kessler would just be out at practice or if he thought he would be able to play next Sunday against the Titans. 

"If (Kessler's) going to practice, I would hope he's got a chance to be out there for the game (Sunday)."

Jackson seemed to indicate that Kessler is in a lot of pain and it's a matter of how quickly the stiffness and soreness goes away through treatments.

In addition to Kessler, Jackson said that Josh McCown would return to practice Wednesday.

 "Josh McCown will have an opportunity to practice this week, so we'll know more about exactly where he is as we go through the week," Jackson said. "But he'll definitely have a chance to practice, so that's encouraging."

Jackson said that Charlie Whitehurst's knee shouldn't keep him out for long either.

"Charlie, we'll see where he is with the knee," he said. "I'm sure that will be day-to-day. I think we'll have three guys standing out there, so we'll be able to pick somebody out of that group, but we'll keep working on that."

When asked for clarification on whether McCown had been cleared to play in a game, Jackson hedged a bit.

"I didn't say (he's been cleared for a game)," Jackson said. "He can practice. Practice first, right. You have to practice first.

"We don't take our players to the ground or anything like that, so he's going to practice," he said. "We'll see where he is and he'll go out there and throw it around and move around and see how he feels."

McCown was asked if he thought he'd be ready this week.

"That's the plan," he said. "We're going to work through the week at practice and see how it goes. I'm looking forward to practicing, that's the next step." 

The bigger question is if both Kessler and McCown are cleared, will Jackson continue with Kessler or will he go back to the 14-year veteran with the Browns sitting at 0-5.

"I haven't made that decision because (McCown) hasn't practiced," Jackson said. "So we haven't gone there just yet."

On the season, Kessler is 54-of-81 (66.7 pct.) for 529 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. His rating is 87.9. McCown 20-of-33 (60.6 pct.) for 260 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. His rating is 80.4. 

Extra Points

Erving Back?: Jackson also said that OL Cameron Erving (chest/lung) will return to practice this week. 

"Erving will have an opportunity to practice this week and we'll see exactly where he is," Jackson said. "As I said before, at some point in time, we'll start to get those guys back and see where they are as we go through the week."

Erving has missed the last three games with a bruised lung suffered in the second game of the season against the Ravens. Since his injury, OL John Greco and OL Austin Reiter have started in Erving's place. However, Reiter suffered a torn ACL and is out for the season. Greco started Sunday's game with the Patriots, while OL Alvin Bailey was at right guard. 

Jackson said it was "likely" Erving would start at center if he progresses through practice this week. If that is the case, Greco would more than likely move back to right guard.

Other than McCown and Erving, Jackson had no update on WR Corey Coleman (wrist), nor was there any update on QB Robert Griffin III (shoulder).

Cooper Added: The Browns added OL Jonathan Cooper after being claimed off waivers from New England. The team also placed OL Austin Reiter on injured reserve (knee) and waived OL Anthony Fabiano.

 Cooper (6-2, 302) is in his fourth year and most recently spent the first four weeks of the season with the Patriots. Cooper, acquired by New England via a trade with the Arizona Cardinals in March 2016, was inactive for the first four games before being waived on October 8, 2016. Originally a first-round draft pick (seventh overall) of the Cardinals in 2013, Cooper played in 24 games for Arizona, making two starts at LG in 2014 and nine starts at RG in 2015. 

Drango Receiver: Jackson disclosed that OL Spencer Drango ran a pass route and was a target on a play early in the game that QB Cody Kessler ended up throwing to WR Andrew Hawkins. 


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