Cleveland Browns to start Robert Griffin III vs. Bengals
The?Cleveland Browns?have come full circle at the quarterback position.
NFL Network's Michael Silver reported Thursday that the team will start?Robert Griffin III?under center against the?Cincinnati Bengals?on Sunday.
Cody Kessler?will back up Griffin on Sunday, coach Hue Jackson told reporters.?Josh McCown?likely will be inactive.
The?Browns?have turned to a hodgepodge of passers -- rookies?Cody Kessler?and?Kevin Hogan, old-as-the-trees?Josh McCown?and even quarterback-turned-wideout Terrelle Pryor?-- to throw the ball for a club still searching for its first win.
It's the decision we expected from Jackson, who anointed Griffin as Cleveland's starter before the season opener. Recently activated off injured reserve, the veteran quarterback hasn't appeared in a game since suffering a broken bone in his non-throwing shoulder in that ill-fated Week 1 loss to theEagles.
Under contract through next season, Griffin was sold to fans in August as a potential long-term answer under center. His inability to stay healthy come September, though, looms as a major red flag for any team that sees him as more than a spot starter.
Jackson clearly believes Griffin gives the?Browns?their best chance for a victory -- which is exactly how he felt before Week 1.