The Browns made another change at quarterback on Sunday, although this one was due to necessity rather than coach Hue Jackson’s desire to shake up the offense.
Rookie Cody Kessler sustained his second concussion of the season on a hit from Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons and Jackson said after the game that Kessler, who has also dealt with a chest injury this season, may be shut down with five games left in the season.
“It’s a possibility,” Jackson said, via Cleveland.com. “We’ll see. I’m definitely going to talk to our medical staff because this is about a young man’s career and future so we have to do the right thing.”
Josh McCown replaced Kessler on Sunday and would be in line to start against the Giants next week, but Robert Griffin III is set to practice in the coming days so there will be questions about his possible return to the lineup. Jackson said it was too soon to discuss that, but there’s a chance we’ll see a few more quarterbacks in Cleveland given the way their line is protecting signal callers right now.
McCown took a big hit to the head after entering the game and wide receiver Terrelle Pryor said “it is dangerous” having players take as many shots as Browns quarterbacks are taking. Left tackle Joe Thomas said the team has to “lie in the bed that you’ve made” after center Alex Mack and right tackle Mitchell Schwartz left in free agency, which is both true and of little comfort to the guys that have to sleep in that bed for the rest of the season.