Johnny Manziel to start as quarterback for Browns

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BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel will start Sunday's home opener against Tennessee - and fellow Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota - because Josh McCown remains out with a concussion.

This will be Manziel's third NFL start. McCown was injured on Cleveland's opening drive last week against the New York Jets. He has not been cleared by an independent neurologist to practice.

McCown had been expected to take part in Friday's workout, and coach Mike Pettine said if he practiced, the 36-year-old veteran would play against the Titans. Pettine is to update on McCowan's status after practice.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Brown gets set to throw as Quinton Coples #98 of the New York Jets closes in during the third quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium on September 13, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets won 31-10. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 20: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills at FirstEnergy Stadium on August 20, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) celebrates running back Dion Lewis (28) scoring a touchdown on a pass, during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Washington Redskins Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Washington Redskins inside linebacker Will Compton (46) pursues Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)
Washington Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (91) sacks Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) throws under the protection of guard John Greco (77) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Washington Redskins, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)
Washington Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (91) sacks Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) looks to pass under pressure from Washington Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield (96) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) reacts after Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) was sacked during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel passes during practice at NFL football training camp in Berea, Ohio Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel throws on the run during practice at NFL football training camp in Berea, Ohio Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Young fans clamor for autographs from Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) after practice at NFL football training camp in Berea, Ohio Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Rex Grossman, left, talks with Cleveland Browns quarterbacks Connor Shaw, Johnny Manziel (2) and Brian Hoyer (6) during practice at NFL football training camp in Berea, Ohio Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. The Browns announced earlier that had signed Grossman, an unrestricted free agent, and waived quarterback Tyler Thigpen. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel passes during practice at NFL football training camp in Berea, Ohio Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterbacks Johnny Manziel (2) and Brian Hoyer throw a pass during NFL football practice at the team's training camp in Berea, Ohio. heir helmet-to-helmet, throw-for-throw competition down to its final days. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel signs for fans after practice at NFL football training camp in Berea, Ohio Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) passes during practice at NFL football training camp in Berea, Ohio on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel passes during practice at NFL football training camp in Berea, Ohio on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Cleveland Browns quarterbacks Brian Hoyer, left, and Johnny Manziel take snaps during practice at NFL football training camp in Berea, Ohio on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) walks off the field after losing to the Detroit Lions 13-12 in the a preseason NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterbacks Brian Hoyer, left, and Johnny Manziel drop back to pass during NFL football practice at the team's training camp in Berea, Ohio. heir helmet-to-helmet, throw-for-throw competition down to its final days. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) escapes a diving Detroit Lions outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy (95) in the second half of a preseason NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) audibles against the Detroit Lions in the second half of a preseason NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) scrambles from the Detroit Lions rush in the second half of a preseason NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) scrambles from Detroit Lions strong safety Don Carey (26) in the first half of a preseason NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
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Manziel and Mariota first met when both were recruited at the same time by Oregon. Manziel wound up at Texas A&M, where he became the first freshman to win the Heisman in 2012. Mariota won the trophy last season with the Ducks.

It will be Mariota's second straight matchup against a Heisman winner. Last week, he faced Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston and Mariota threw four touchdown passes in the first half and finished with a perfect 158.3 passer's rating.

Manziel came off the bench after McCown was injured while trying to dive into the end zone in the first quarter. Manziel threw his first career touchdown pass, but also committed three turnovers in a 31-10 loss.

He has shown progress following a rough rookie season, which was followed by him entering rehab for an undisclosed issue.

Manziel's first two starts in 2014 didn't go well. The Browns were beaten 30-0 at home by Cincinnati in his debut and he was injured the following week in a loss at Carolina.

"I'm just trying to go out and play better football than I have in the past," Manziel said this week. "I've been disappointed in the way I've performed, especially ending the season last year. It didn't end on a very good note."

Manziel completed 13 of 24 passes last week for 182 yards. He threw a 54-yard TD pass to wide receiver Travis Benjamin. Manziel also rushed for 35 yards but fumbled twice while scrambling.

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