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Report: Browns believe Josh McCown will be out for a while

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 18: Josh McCown #13 of the Cleveland Browns looks to pass against the Baltimore Ravens in the second quarter at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 18, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Browns appear to be on track to make it three starting quarterbacks in the first three weeks of the season.

Josh McCown hurt his left shoulder in Sunday’s loss to the Ravens, but never left the game. He explained why in an emotional postgame press conference.

“It’s 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’s those things and just knowing the window for me right now and understanding that I don’t want to miss snaps. 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’s my mentality.”

Mary Kay Cabot of reports that the team expects him to be “out awhile” based on how much pain he was in on Sunday, however. An MRI on Monday will provide further clarity on the situation.

If McCown is indeed out, third-round pick Cody Kessler would be the next man up on the current depth chart with rookie Kevin Hogan on the practice squad. The Browns could also look outside the organization to free agents like T.J. Yates and Jimmy Clausen or players on other practice squads like Aaron Murray, but none of those names create much confidence for the near future of the Cleveland offense.

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76 Responses to “Report: Browns believe Josh McCown will be out for a while”
  1. ngatasteelersfan says: Sep 19, 2016 10:36 AM

    That first quarter was really something. Things might be turning around for the browns sooner than later.

  2. donz0 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:36 AM

    The amount of injuries is absurd.

  3. jgo304 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:36 AM

    The factory of sadness😦

  4. NFLisnotreality says: Sep 19, 2016 10:36 AM

    Calling Brian Sipe. (Back when Cleveland wasn’t a QB mill)

  5. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Sep 19, 2016 10:36 AM

    I am of the opinion the NFL has contacted NBC which in-turn contacted this rag to tell then to stop running stories on player protests to mitigate the affect on ratings/revenue.

    So tell me SJW-types, how do you feel about stories regarding social justice being suppressed here so a large corporation can rake in huge profits?

  6. scrp2 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:37 AM

    Jimmy Clausen? What? Get Mike Vick and win some games!

  7. samskiss says: Sep 19, 2016 10:37 AM

    Josh McCown has turned out to be a really good guy, even better than advertised.

    The Browns looked good before he was hurt yesterday.

    Too bad. Somethings just aren’t meant to be.

    Hue asked us to trust him on Cody Kessler. Well, lets see.

  8. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Sep 19, 2016 10:38 AM

    Cleveland must pay back the sports gods for the NBA championship and the wolf is at the door !

  9. joecool16280 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:42 AM

    You can have Kap for an 8th rounder

  10. 69goatboy says: Sep 19, 2016 10:43 AM

    If you’re a Browns QB, maybe getting injured is not such a bad thing.

  11. jagsfanugh says: Sep 19, 2016 10:44 AM

    Browns sure looked better than my lowly Jags. With the first pick in the 2017 NFL draft the Jags select….

  12. logicalvoicesays says: Sep 19, 2016 10:46 AM

    The Chernobyl Browns.

  13. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Sep 19, 2016 10:47 AM

    Damn shame. There’s a lot to like about McCown and the team seems to respond to him.

  14. QB Film Room says: Sep 19, 2016 10:49 AM

    Wow. Get Kessler reps who cares if he struggles hes your guy Hue

  15. guitarkevin says: Sep 19, 2016 10:51 AM

    McCown is a baller.

    – Ravens fan

  16. itsfootballbaby says: Sep 19, 2016 10:52 AM

    The Raven’s D line was pounding McCown all day. He took it and kept going – making plays. Much Respect!

  17. mmack66 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:54 AM

    Time for John E. Football’s triumphant return!

  18. alphadux2u says: Sep 19, 2016 10:56 AM

    I swear it just seems the Browns are more cursed than the Cubs. When is their luck going to turn around?

    Love McCown’s comment. Hope it’s nothing too serious and he’s able to get back on the field soon. Seems like that blue collar work ethic might be the shot in the arm to rally the team into something respectable.

  19. dino2997 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:59 AM

    Under appreciated Josh McCown. If he had started the first game they probably would have beaten the Eagles.

  20. kevpft says: Sep 19, 2016 11:01 AM

    Hope he pulls through this quickly. It’s a tough division, but McCown could keep them in the thick of it.

  21. joemammy says: Sep 19, 2016 11:02 AM

    Michael Vick + The Dawg Pound.

    Yeah…seems legit.

  22. dumbpollack says: Sep 19, 2016 11:03 AM

    Too bad we didn’t draft Dak. Thanks, Hue. You’re 0 for 2 on your QB choices so far. I HATE BEING A BROWNS FAN!!!!!

  23. weepingjebus says: Sep 19, 2016 11:05 AM

    The guy has guts and work ethic, unlike a certain bench jockey that can’t even be bothered to stand up for our nation’s anthem. The Browns should be proud of him.

  24. jonwill57 says: Sep 19, 2016 11:07 AM

    They do have Terrell Pryor…he was a QB in Hue’s system. Desperate times call for desperate measures!

  25. silverhat78 says: Sep 19, 2016 11:07 AM

    scrp2 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 10:37 AM
    Jimmy Clausen? What? Get Mike Vick and win some games!

    You think Vick is going to win you games? You do not know football at all.

  26. MiamiDolphinsNation says: Sep 19, 2016 11:08 AM

    Surprised this game isn’t on Sunday night?

  27. bigjayler says: Sep 19, 2016 11:08 AM

    Bring up Hogan. Pep Hamilton is our top offensive asst. just implement the same system that they use at Stanford to shorten his learning curve. Not rocket science.

  28. firecracker87 says: Sep 19, 2016 11:09 AM

    Advice: If you have fantasy players that’ll be playing against the Browns start them.

  29. amanistumor says: Sep 19, 2016 11:11 AM

    A special somebody is no doubt keeping the lines cleared on their Money phone.

  30. gdalehogdogger says: Sep 19, 2016 11:15 AM

    Am I the only one noticing an exponential increase in shoulder injuries? Could it be related to the micro shoulder pads players wear now?

  31. navis97 says: Sep 19, 2016 11:16 AM

    RG3 is available. Oh wait…..

  32. kwken says: Sep 19, 2016 11:18 AM

    Give Austin Davis a call, he had been through training camp so he does know the system. The big problem is the offensive line, they must protect.

  33. connfyoozed says: Sep 19, 2016 11:24 AM

    McCown is one tough hombre. Every time I looked up a Raven pass rusher was hitting him, hard. If he finished that game with a serious shoulder injury, throwing arm or not, I’m thoroughly impressed.

  34. immafubared says: Sep 19, 2016 11:28 AM

    Let me guess, pile driven into the turf with sad big fat linemen falling on top of you. Saw it happen all over the place yesterday. Its the new, since we cant crush your head or tackle your knees, where pile driving you its only a 15 yard penalty.

  35. retiredrichardsandberg says: Sep 19, 2016 11:28 AM

    The Bears loved Josh. He’ll have a job in this league as long as he can play. GREAT team guy!!
    Vick can go to He**!!!

  36. vegasdestroyer says: Sep 19, 2016 11:32 AM

    Browns could have traded for Sam Bradford, but the new management didn’t think he was a good fit and that he was injury-prone. Seems like he would have been a perfect fit.

  37. azcardsfan3 says: Sep 19, 2016 11:32 AM

    Anybody notice that the amount of injuries is continuing to rise while the amount of hitting in practice is going down???

    The CBA calls for less hitting because the players complained about the tough practices, BUT now they are getting hurt in games at an alarming amount.

    This is NOT just a Browns thing, it is league wide. Wonder if there really is a correlation between the practice to inury ratio????

  38. stoneydog1000 says: Sep 19, 2016 11:32 AM

    T.J. Yates is a Bengals killer. So, please, not him.

  39. thevza says: Sep 19, 2016 11:36 AM

    Always been a fan of Josh McCown- he’s impossible not to like. However, he also can’t stay healthy and can’t be counted on to play very long. I was not surprised in the least that he got injured yesterday. Sometimes you just gotta protect yourself, Josh.

  40. granadafan says: Sep 19, 2016 11:39 AM

    Maybe the Browns should’ve tried to make Alex Mack happier.

  41. azheat says: Sep 19, 2016 11:42 AM


    He knows the system….oh wait ask Miami about a WR playing QB…..

  42. Rdog says: Sep 19, 2016 11:43 AM

    Sorry, Browns, you missed your chance – Tim Tebow is focused on baseball at the moment.

  43. selliott504 says: Sep 19, 2016 11:45 AM

    We SAINTS fans feel your pain a far as injuries go. You’ve got a great one with Josh McCown. Not only talented by a great leader too. We loved him in NOLA as we do his brother, Luke. Wishing Josh a speedy recovery.

  44. thetooloftools says: Sep 19, 2016 11:45 AM

    Put Terell Pyor under center. Stop being stupid. He cannot do nay worse the what I saw at the stadium yesterday.
    Next man up !

  45. xpensivewinos says: Sep 19, 2016 11:53 AM

    On a positive note, they get to play Miami this week…..

  46. trubroncfan07 says: Sep 19, 2016 11:54 AM

    All these injuries are just a product of the CBA, these guys don’t hit and have soft practices. You will keep seeing more injuries because of it.

  47. ezpkns34 says: Sep 19, 2016 11:55 AM

    May as well ride with the Kessler & Hogan to see what they can bring. Not like any unsigned QBs out there can lead them to the playoffs or anything anyway

  48. Emmanuel Goldstein says: Sep 19, 2016 11:55 AM

    I hear Tim Tebow wants to be an NFL quarterback. If TJ Yates and Jimmy Pickles are your best options, Tebow is an easy choice.

  49. johnnycantread says: Sep 19, 2016 11:59 AM

    This year’s team has a ways to go before they match the 1988 Browns.
    That team had 4 different starters at QB (Kosar, Danielson, Strock and Pagel), and still made the playoffs!

  50. oldcracker says: Sep 19, 2016 12:00 PM

    Well, do the Harvard geniuses and the MLB guy, who make up the F.O., think we need some O-line help yet?

    Is this what “moneyball” looks like in the NFL?

    Maybe Jimmy & Dee Haslam can rip-off more truckers and make enough money to spend some of that cap space. Good thing they let RT Schwartz & C Mack just walk away.

    I’m too old for this crap.

  51. peko40 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:01 PM

    I’m 100% serious, Tim Freaking Tebow!! The guy has heart and is a winner. Sign him

  52. jmc8888 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:01 PM

    ngatasteelersfan says:
    Sep 19, 2016 10:36 AM

    That first quarter was really something. Things might be turning around for the browns sooner than later.

    No, that’s Josh McCown, which as I have been saying since the beginning of last year, that McCown is BY FAR the best QB they have.

    It won’t turn around because the coach wanted RGIII, the Sashi Harvard idiot front office wants Kessler.

    In other words, NO ONE CONTROLLING THE TEAM actually wanted Josh back there. They each wanted their own pet project.

    Now we’ll see how much Kessler sucks, which will once again prove that the best QB on the roster, wasn’t the guys the current regime brought in.

    You see that’s a problem. You can claim you are rebuilding when you get rid of most of your talent on the team. But when the people you bring in suck, and are worse than the people who survived ‘The Purge’, it showcases that the people picking the players, aren’t very good at it.

    So now with all the holes THEY CREATED, that didn’t need to be, they have to fill them, and the people filling them so far, have been striking out at filling them.

    Trading down for more picks ONLY works, when you have people that can actually make picks.

    Get well soon Josh, the Browns fans need you.

  53. rainsarge says: Sep 19, 2016 12:05 PM

    Maybe favre can come out of retirement

  54. dohczeppelin says: Sep 19, 2016 12:06 PM

    How can you not like Josh McCown?

  55. jstdad says: Sep 19, 2016 12:18 PM

    Tim Tebow will win some games for ya! And bring in fans as well!

  56. latroleumlawrence says: Sep 19, 2016 12:21 PM

    Browns i don’t believe in a hex or curse but….

  57. heartofsteel36 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:27 PM

    Just think Browns Fans: Ben Roethlisberger was there for the taking at #6 overall just over 12 years ago. Instead, they took Kellen Winslow. What If……

  58. tvguy22 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:35 PM

    “You can have Chase Daniel if we can get our first round pick back.”

    ~ Howie Roseman

  59. rogcar2 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:37 PM

    Pencil in Peyton for a workout on Tuesday…

  60. NYCTourGuy (Bucs fan) says: Sep 19, 2016 1:05 PM

    It’s like there really is a factory producing sadness there, and all the employees are working overtime. I feel for Browns fans.

  61. avenger9800 says: Sep 19, 2016 1:05 PM

    What really is beyond my belief is that Hue Jackson actually named RGlll the starting QB at the beginning of the season. Josh is clearly the best QB on the team, and obviously gives the team the best chance to win, but Hue the QB whisperer just hands the starting job to RGlll. For the most part, I really do like Hue, but you play the best players that gives the team the best chance of winning!

  62. regassert6 says: Sep 19, 2016 1:06 PM

    You think any older QB would sign up for this? They got 2 QB’s killed in 2 games……….

  63. nflgtcfl says: Sep 19, 2016 1:06 PM

    Feel bad for a great guy.

    Almost everyone (Me included) laughed at PHI for stashing QBs but it did work out for them with the trade. Also it seems having a solid backup has become a necessity and not a luxury.

  64. mmack66 says: Sep 19, 2016 1:08 PM

    Didn’t McCown get hurt last season whilst trying to helicopter into the end zone?

  65. sdelmonte says: Sep 19, 2016 1:20 PM

    The football version of the Spinal Tap drummer, it would seem. 😦

  66. bigugly2005 says: Sep 19, 2016 1:25 PM

    God must be a Browns fan….he just opened the door for

  67. dolphins4 says: Sep 19, 2016 1:25 PM

    The Browns should call Howie Roseman he could trade you Chase Daniel for one of the draft picks he traded for Carson Wentz.

  68. tcostant says: Sep 19, 2016 1:27 PM

    Cody Kessler was reported as the biggest reach of the last draft and saw things last week that he is no where close to ready. He gets to proved evertone wrong. Poor Josh Gordon owners..

  69. root4cleveland says: Sep 19, 2016 1:33 PM

    Let’s hope the Eagles suck-it out from here on (not apparent) and we get two top-10s. Two QBs injured in two weeks? Obviously O-line needs help. First you get the QB. Then you get a lineaman to protect him.

    (In fairness, RGIII injury not on O-line, but last seasons carousel of injured QBs was bad enough to legitimize the point.)

    The bright side is the wide-out position looks head-and-shoulders improved over last year’s squad – actually decent – and they dont’ even have Josh Gordon back yet.

  70. root4cleveland says: Sep 19, 2016 1:39 PM

    @ jmc8888

    Disagree. C. Coleman and Nassib seem to be okay draft selections so far, albeit after only two games its difficult to tell. Kessler was always intended to be “developmental” i.e. maybe after a year or two, so his viability as a pick is still up in the air (even if he does fail.)

    You’ll never hit on every pick. For the first time since Tom Heckert the FO seems to have some ability to identify talent. No “egregious” misses yet.

    Their failur to select C. Wentz is not a “certainly wrong” at this point, either. You have to judge them more on the picks they make and less on the picks (they let) other teams make.

  71. heymister24 says: Sep 19, 2016 1:40 PM

    call johnny manziel ASAP!

  72. inozwetrust says: Sep 19, 2016 1:43 PM

    I agree with guitarkevin. McCown showed this Ravens fan a lot intestinal fortitude.

  73. tommikula says: Sep 19, 2016 1:49 PM

    PR stunt to bring in money. Each week, bring out a QB from Browns past. This week can be Tim Couch week. Next week Spergeoun Wynn week and so on. Watch the horrors of your past get demolished each week Browns fans.

  74. sbchampsagain says: Sep 19, 2016 2:03 PM


    I saw your beat down yesterday. I can relate.

    Getting repeatedly pummeled by the Ravens defensive line sucks.

    Get better soon.



  75. frenzy95 says: Sep 19, 2016 2:07 PM


    Calling Manziel is pointless because he is suspended four games if he ever comes back to the NFL.

  76. vikingarsk says: Sep 19, 2016 2:28 PM

    Bakersfield, California. The new home for producing NFL quarterbacks (David Carr, Derek Carr, Cody Kessler). Seriously, don’t count the Kessler out. He is a baller.

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