Cody Kessler Injury: Updates on Browns QB's Concussion and Return

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 16:  Cody Kessler #6 of the Cleveland Browns throws a pass during the game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 16, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Browns quarterback Cody Kessler has not played since he suffered a concussion in Week 11 against the Pittsburgh Steelers after a hit from linebacker Lawrence Timmons that was flagged for unnecessary roughness.

His official playing status for Week 14 against the Cincinnati Bengals after a Week 13 bye has yet to be announced.

Continue for updates.

Latest on Kessler's Practice Status

Thursday, Dec. 8

The Browns announced Kessler was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Kessler Comments on Recovery

Tuesday, Nov. 29

Kessler said he is not concerned about suffering two concussions in 29 days and did not experience symptoms all week, per Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.

Latest on Kessler's Timeline for Return

Sunday, Nov. 20

Browns head coach Hue Jackson told reporters it's possible Kessler could miss an "extended period" after suffering his second concussion this season, per Ulrich.

Kessler the Latest QB Injury for Winless Browns

Kessler, 23, has had an interesting rookie season after being selected in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft. Injuries to Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown forced him into starting action by Week 3, though Kessler himself has suffered rib injuries and a concussion on the season.

Kessler has thrown for 1,369 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions for the season.

It's been an opportunity for Kessler to show he can be the future franchise quarterback for Cleveland, though it's hard to imagine the Browns bypassing the quarterback position in the 2017 draftespecially after skipping the chance to select Carson Wentz with the No. 2 overall pick this offseason and instead trading the selection to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Wentz is now among a handful of candidates for the Rookie of the Year Award and has the Eagles in contention for a playoff spot. The Browns, meanwhile, will likely turn to McCown to be the starter while Kessler is injured, with Kevin Hogan sliding into the backup role.

In other words, the quarterback carousel continues for the Browns.


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