CLEVELAND — Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown has battled injuries all season long, but he will no longer be able to fight through pain and play, as he suffered a broken collarbone in a 33-27 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in a Monday Night Football game at FirstEnergy Stadium yesterday.
McCown made the start ahead of Johnny Manziel, who was demoted from starter to third-string quarterback because of off-the-field issues, and completed 21 of his 38 attempts for 212 yards with one touchdown.
“Worst possible scenario for Josh,” Browns coach Mike Pettine said. “He will miss the remainder of the season with a fracture to his collarbone. It was not displaced, so he does not need to have surgery but it will take more than the rest of the season to get it healed up.
“That’s very unfortunate. Josh means a lot to this team, whether it’s in the locker room, practice field, game day, just the positive energy that he exuded, the leadership. I cannot say enough positive things about Josh McCown and what he’s done for this football team and what he means to this football team.”
McCown was driven into the ground on a down-the-field throw intended for wide receiver Travis Benjamin in the third quarter of play. After a sustained drive from the Ravens took more than eight minutes off the field, McCown lasted just two more throws before being relieved by Austin Davis.
Davis completed seven of his 10 throws for 77 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown pass to Benjamin that tied the score at 27 with 1:47 to play in regulation.
McCown was the Browns’ opening-day starter against the New York Jets, but after leading the offense on a 90-yard drive, he was knocked out of the game because of a concussion suffered on the one-yard line on a dive toward the end zone.
Prior to the injury, McCown completed five of his eight throws for 49 yards and rushed for 23 yards on three carries. Until the fourth quarter, McCown was the Browns’ leading rusher in the game. McCown missed the following week’s game, a 28-14 win over the Tennessee Titans, but quickly returned to the lineup after clearing the NFL Concussion Protocol.
Three weeks after returning from the concussion, McCown broke a pair of franchise records and earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors after leading the Browns to a 33-30 overtime victory over the Ravens.
McCown completed 36 of his 51 throws for 457 yards and two touchdowns in the win over the Ravens. The 457 yards were a single-game franchise record, surpassing the previous mark of 444 collected by Brian Sipe against the Baltimore Colts on October 25, 1981.
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