CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown has been out of the lineup for the past three games because of a collarbone injury suffered in a 25-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium in Week Two, but his time on the sideline could be coming to an end.
With the injury in his non-throwing shoulder healing up well, McCown will resume practicing this week, and if all goes well in preparations for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium, he could very well be under center for the first time in a month.
“That is the plan,” McCown said of possibly playing on Sunday. “I’m going to work through the week and practice and see how it goes. I’m looking forward to practicing, though, and taking the next step.
“I expect to go back and play wherever they want me to play and when they want me to play. That is my expectation. The bigger focus for me right now is just getting to a point and a place where I’m healthy and can go back and do the things they need me to do and ask me to do.”
McCown was repeatedly driven into the turf by Ravens defenders, even when he tried to give himself up with a slide after recovering a fumbled snap.
Time and again, McCown continued to pick himself up off the grass and continue to play, but there was a physical cost, one that resulted in a postgame trip to the X-ray room for further analysis of his injured left shoulder.
In the days following the Week Two loss, McCown underwent further testing and was ruled out for an indefinite amount of time with the collarbone injury. Despite experiencing a similar injury that ended his 2015 season a month early, McCown has fought through the pain and healing process to get himself in a position to resume practicing.
“It is a credit to the trainers to be able to move it along,” McCown said. “We work tirelessly to try to get ourselves healthy, not just myself but everybody is dealing with something. I’m just glad to be able to take the next step and go out and practice. It is going to be good.”
Although quick to credit the training staff, McCown also pushed the envelope himself in an effort to help the Browns snap their five-game losing streak to start the 2016 season in any way possible.
“That is the standard that Coach Jackson is holding us to and that is the standard that we hold ourselves to and demanding more out of ourselves,” McCown said. “There have been some things that were unfortunate, but that happens around the league.
“You have to find a way to pull yourself out of it. That is the message that Coach Jackson has sent to us, and we are following that lead. He has done an outstanding job of leading us through that, but it is never been and it is not something that we talk about or dwell on. The next man gets up and we go on and play, and that is how it should be.”