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QB position once again in flux

The Browns once again go into the week not knowing who will be their starting quarterback

BEREA, Ohio--The only constant for the Browns this season has been change at quarterback.

This week is no different. 

"There is not a lot of clarity right now on the injury front," Hue Jackson said. "We'll work that as the week goes, but right now, I don't have a lot of clarity."

Jackson said the bright spot is there is a couple days before they begin preparation on the field for the Jets.

"Today's Monday," Jackson said. "Tuesday is tomorrow and Wednesday is a day-and-a-half away, so we'll figure that out as we go."

Cody Kessler is in the NFL's concussion protocol and there is no clarity when he might be cleared.

"(Cody) is in the concussion protocol," Jackson said. "We know that's where he is and until he is taken out of that, there will not be any changes."

Terrelle Pryor said it's disappointing that Kessler went down.

"It sucks that Cody got hurt," Pryor said. "He was playing well."

Josh McCown has practiced the past two weeks, but hasn't been cleared for a game as of yet. Robert Griffin III is still healing from the broken coracoid bone in his shoulder, which was said to be an eight to 12 week healing process. 

As of now, Kevin Hogan is the only healthy quarterback as the Browns begin their preparation for the Jets on Wednesday. That news could change with the clearance of McCown. It is unlikely that Kessler would be cleared by Wednesday, if this week at all.

"We'll know a little more of as we move through this week exactly where he is," Jackson said. "Hopefully, we'll see where (McCown) is by Wednesday. He's been practicing as you know, but again there are some things we need to take a look and make sure that he's ready to go."

On McCown, Jackson said he hasn't had a set back since he began practicing two weeks ago.

"I knew he would be able to throw and move around, but not be able to play," Jackson said. "So that's where we are."

The news to Kessler is disheartening because he has been progressing and playing pretty well in his five starts, despite getting knocked out of two of the games. 

According to Pro Football Focus, Kessler was off to another great game before suffering a concussion as he had an adjusted completion percentage (AC%) of 90% and was a perfect 100% when under pressure.  For the season, Kessler has been incredibly accurate with an AC% of 79.7 (4th in NFL) and 84.4% under pressure (2nd in NFL). Before Kessler left due to the concussion, he was 9-of-11 for 82 yards with a 97.7 rating. 

In five starts, Kessler is 89-of-133 for (66.9 pct.) for 947 yards, including 4 touchdowns and one interception. Kessler is fourth in the AFC among the passing leaders with a 93.0, just behind Derek Carr at 93.1on third down. Overall, Kessler's 94.4 rating is eighth in the AFC.

McCown was 20-of-33 for 260 yards (60.6 pct.) with two touchdowns and two interceptions in his only start this season. Hogan was 12-of-24 for 100 yards (50.0 pct.) with no touchdowns and two interceptions. His rating was a dismal 26.4, but he rushed seven times for 104 yards, including a 28 yard touchdown run.

With emergency quarterback Pryor's hamstring bothering him, it is unclear if the Browns might bring back Charlie Whitehurst this week, depending on the news they receive on McCown and or Kessler. 

"You never know," Jackson said. "We'll cross that bridge (signing Whitehurst) when we get to it."

Extra Points

No Trading Joe: Jackson was asked about reports that said the Browns could trade OL Joe Thomas. Jackson emphatically and slowed said, "We--are--not--going--to--trade--Joe--Thomas. Joe Thomas has a lot of what we're trying to do here in the future. Like you said, there are a lot of reports."

Danny Down: DL Danny Shelton has been playing well in the first half of the season. However against the Bengals, Shelton had just three tackles against Cincinnati. According to Pro Football Focus, Shelton's streak of 11 straight positively games came to an end as he failed to make the impact he had been making this year.  He still increased his run stop total by two but he wasn't able to get a consistent push against one of the worst centers in the NFL. 

The Bengals rushed for 271 yards and Shelton is at the point of attack as nose tackle.

Nothing New on Coleman, Erving: Jackson said he was hopeful for good news on WR Corey Coleman (hand) and OL Cameron Erving (illness). There is hope that Coleman might be cleared to return to practice this week. Jackson had his fingers crossed when he was asked about Coleman. Jackson said that Erving was feeling better but didn't shed any light on his illness. He said he didn't know if it was related to the bruised lung or not.

"I don't have a lot of answers yet," Jackson said .
 
 


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