Browns rookie QB Johnny Manziel will be watching Sunday’s game from the sidelines… for the beginning of it at least.
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Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine announced on Wednesday that the team would be sticking with QB Brian Hoyer as the starter going into Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Pettine: “This is a football decision. Those are always going to be based on what we think is best. Brian has led our team to a 7-5 record.”
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 3, 2014
Even though Hoyer was benched in the Browns’ loss to the Buffalo Bills for poor performance, he apparently did not play himself out of the job. Manziel took over in relief of Hoyer in that game and went 5-of-8 for 63 yards and a 10-yard rushing TD.
After initial reports early on Wednesday morning that Hoyer would remain the starter, that was proven to be the case.
Hoyer is 10-5 for his career with the Browns, going 3-0 as a starter in 2013 before suffering a season-ending ACL tear and has 7 wins this year, the most wins for any Browns starting QB in a season since Derek Anderson went 10-5 for the team in 2007.
Manziel was drafted by the Browns with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. He was the first redshirt Freshman in college football history to win the Heisman trophy after his 2012 season with the Texas A&M Aggies.