Cody Kessler is set to start for the Cleveland Browns in their road game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
The Cleveland Browns cannot catch a break at the quarterback position. That isn't news—the team has been a joke in that regard since returning to the NFL in 1999—but it is especially true this season.
Robert Griffin III went down with a broken bone in his shoulder in Week 1, an injury that landed him on the injured reserve. Now, Josh McCown is also out with a reported shoulder injury. That leaves the job to former USC Trojan star Cody Kessler, a 2016 third round pick by the Browns.
From Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot:
McCown will undergo an MRI on the shoulder today, but based on the amount of pain he's in, he'll likely be out an extended period of time.
One source said: "It's not looking good for McCown.''
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Kessler will start in Week 3.
Browns rookie QB Cody Kessler will start Sunday vs. Miami, per league sources. Josh McCown dealing with shoulder injury.
McCown was injured during Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens, but never left the game. Kessler was a three-year starter at USC. As a senior, he threw for 3,536 yards, 29 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. His best statistical season came in 2014, when he threw for 3,826 yards, 39 touchdowns, and just five picks.
Time to update your Tim Couch jerseys, Browns fans.
Cody Kessler is currently the only quarterback on the Browns' 53-man roster, but odds are they will sign someone else this week.
Kessler joins the ranks of the unlikely rookie starting quarterbacks this week. After Jimmy Garoppolo's injury on Sunday, Jacoby Brissett is the likely starter for the New England Patriots. Dak Prescott remains the Dallas Cowboys starter, and Carson Wentz is obviously the man in Philadelphia after his impressive Week 1.