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Johnny Time: Browns' Manziel to make first start

1 year 11 months 3 weeks ago December 09, 2014 Dec 9, 2014 Tuesday, December 09 2014 December 09, 2014 12:15 PM in Sports
Source: Associated Press
By: Tom Withers

CLEVELAND - Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel will make his first NFL start on Sunday.

Cleveland coach Mike Pettine has decided to play Manziel this week against Cincinnati over slumping starter Brian Hoyer, who has thrown eight interceptions in his past four games. Pettine considered the switch a week ago but stuck with Hoyer. On Monday, Pettine said he was leaning toward Manziel.

The No. 22 overall pick in this year's draft, the popular and polarizing Manziel has been on the field for just 18 plays this season. He came off the bench two weeks ago in the fourth quarter for Hoyer and completed 5 of 8 passes and scored on a 10-yard touchdown run.

Their playoff hopes sagging, the Browns are turning to Manziel, the former Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M whose playmaking ability captivated college football.

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