The Browns held off on making a public declaration of their plans at quarterback against the Cowboys this week, but they announced their call on Friday.
Rookie Cody Kessler will be back in the starting lineup after missing last Sunday’s loss to the Jets while recovering from a concussion. Josh McCown got the start in his first appearance since breaking his collarbone and opening the spot for Kessler in the first place, and went 25-of-49 for 341 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Kessler made five starts before getting hurt against the Bengals in Week Seven. The Browns lost all five of those games, including a 33-13 loss to the Patriots that saw Kessler leave early with rib and chest injuries.
Kessler has done some things well when he wasn’t injured. He heads into this Sunday having completed nearly 67 percent of his passes and averaging over seven yards per attempt, which are things the Browns can try to build on over the second half of the season as they decide what future Kessler might have with the organization. At 37, McCown doesn’t have one which likely made the decision easier for Hue Jackson and company.