No deadline deals for Browns; Manziel could start

By The Sports Xchange  |  Nov. 4, 2015 at 12:40 AM
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The Cleveland Browns are preparing to start Johnny Manziel at quarterback against the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals while one of the blockers that provides protection nearly was traded Tuesday.

A deal fell through at the deadline that would have sent Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas to the Denver Broncos, according to multiple reports. Browns general manager Ray Farmer wouldn't confirm any specifics but confirmed that the team failed to make any deals.

Pro Bowl center Alex Mack and pass rushers Barkevious Mingo and Paul Kruger also were reported to be on the trading block.

"The trading deadline creates a lot of controversy and a lot scuttlebutt that generally results in nothing," Farmer told reporters. "We had some conversations and, at the end of the day, they all resulted in the same thing -- nothing."

As for the quarterback situation, veteran Josh McCown is dealing with a rib injury and Manziel is getting reps ahead of the game against the Browns' AFC North rival on Thursday night in Cincinnati, according to multiple reports.

Manziel, in his second year in the NFL, played near the end of the Browns' loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in his first action since leading the Browns to a 28-14 win in the second week of the season over the Tennessee Titans.

The task is made for more difficult for Manziel because of the short week of preparation for a Thursday night game against the 7-0 Bengals.

In four games this season, including the one start, Manziel has completed 28 of 50 passes for 393 yards and three touchdowns with one interception and five sacks.

The 36-year-old McCown has started seven of the Browns' eight games this year and has connected on 65 percent of his passes for 1,897 yards and 11 touchdowns with four interceptons and a 95.2 rating. He also has 86 rushing yards and a touchdown on 18 attempts.

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