CLEVELAND -- With rookie signal-caller Cody Kessler in the NFL Concussion Protocol for the second time in a month, veteran Josh McCown will start at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns when they take on the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday.
In relief of Kessler in a 24-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium last Sunday, McCown completed 14 of his 27 throws for 118 yards and one touchdown without an interception, but committed a fumble that was lost at the goal line and recovered in the end zone for a defensive touchdown.
The veteran-laden Steelers showed their physical superiority over the much younger Browns and registered eight sacks in the lopsided win. Both Kessler and McCown absorbed the punishment of four sacks each.
Six players collected sacks against the Browns, led by the 2.5 from Stephon Tuitt, and Pittsburgh’s top two tacklers, Ryan Shazier and Lawrence Timmons, registered one each. Shazier added a forced fumble that was recovered by nose tackle Javon Hargrave in the end zone for a touchdown.
Prior to the win over the Browns, the Steelers had just 13 sacks on the entire season.
In four games with the Browns this season, McCown has completed 65 of his 122 throws (53.3 percent) for 778 yards with five touchdowns against six interceptions.
During his 12-game career with the Browns, McCown has thrown for 2,887 yards and 17 touchdowns against 10 interceptions. McCown has completed 251 of his 414 attempts since joining the Browns as a free agent prior to the start of the 2015 season.