The Cleveland Browns' perpetually unstable quarterback situation has taken another unfortunate turn.
Predominant 2015 starter Josh McCown suffered a broken collarbone in Monday's 33-27 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, and he is out for the rest of the season. Browns head coach Mike Pettine announced the news Tuesday, per ESPN.com's Tony Grossi.
McCown was productive this year with 12 touchdown passes to only four interceptions and a 93.3 passer rating. The rest of the team—a rushing attack and a scoring defense that currently rank 31st, respectively—is what's really failed Cleveland.
Austin Davis relieved McCown against Baltimore and threw a game-tying touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. The reason Davis played was because 2014 first-round pick Johnny Manziel was demoted to third string for Week 12 after reportedly lying about partying in public on the Browns' bye.
NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano is among those advocating for Manziel:
Will Burge of Fox Sports Ohio cited a report by ESPN's Chris Mortensen suggesting Cleveland may well opt for Manziel under center moving forward:
Although Davis acquitted himself well in limited action in the Ravens game, Manziel has shown improvement on the field in his second year as a pro.
With the jobs of Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer likely hanging in the balance down the stretch, there's little to lose by playing Manziel at this juncture. In his last start on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Manziel threw for 372 yards and ran for a team-high 17 in a 30-9 loss.
The former Heisman Trophy winner made his NFL starting debut last year at home and played woefully against the Bengals, but he was far better when he faced them on Nov. 5 with a short week to prepare.
Manziel has to demonstrate he learned his lesson standing on the sideline and seeing Davis play Monday night. Otherwise, Davis is likely to become the Browns' 24th different starting QB since 1999.