CLEVELAND -- Another week, another starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns.
For the third straight game, the Browns will have a new quarterback under center as rookie Cody Kessler is expected to get his first career start against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium Sunday in place of the injured Josh McCown, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
McCown suffered a left shoulder injury in the Browns’ 25-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday.
McCown was hit hard and hit often by the Ravens, but no matter what, he kept getting up to lead his team, even despite having to go to the locker room for evaluation on his left shoulder during the game.
In the losing effort, McCown completed 20 of his 33 throws for 260 yards with two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions and a quarterback rating of 80.4. One of those interceptions led to a Baltimore field goal at the end of the first half and the second came on the Browns’ final offensive play of the game.
“He is tough,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said of McCown following the game. “There is no question he is tough. That is why he played in this league as long as he has. He is very tough. He knows how to make plays. He made some outstanding plays, and I am sure there are some he would like to have back, but that is the NFL at its best.”
The Browns selected Kessler, the former University of Southern California starting quarterback, with the 93rd pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
In three years as a starter for the Trojans, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Kessler completed 949 of his 1,259 pass attempts for 10,330 yards and 88 touchdowns against 19 interceptions.
During his junior season, Kessler completed 315 of his 452 attempts for 3,826 yards and 39 touchdowns against five interceptions. All of those numbers were career bests for Kessler.
As a follow-up to his career-best junior season, Kessler completed 298 of his 446 attempts for 3,536 yards and 29 touchdowns against seven interceptions during his senior year in 2015.