Johnny Manziel was demoted to the third string quarterback after videos surfaced of him out partying amongst a string of other infractions.  It seemed like a brief punishment as the Cleveland Browns expressed their “disappointment” in Manziel but they’re really not letting him off easy this time.

The Browns starting quarterback Josh McCown was placed on injured reserve and will be out for the rest of the season after fracturing his collarbone in a 33-27 loss to Baltimore on Monday night.

Manziel will still not receive the starting spot as the Browns have elected to go with Austin Davis instead.

Davis nearly guided the Browns to a win over Baltimore after replacing McCown in the fourth quarter. Davis was 7-of-10 for 77 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown pass to tie the score.

“Austin took advantage of his opportunity on Monday night. He was prepared, played well and put us in position to win,” Pettine said in a statement. “He’s been great in the quarterback room all season and he has earned the right to start on Sunday. We expect him to play well.”

“I talked to the quarterbacks this morning, and I said, given where we are, what our circumstances are, it’s safe to say now that this is a weekly thing,” Pettine said. “The decision was made it’s Austin for this week. I’m not going to go beyond that.”

“I don’t want to get into the punishment and length of it,” Pettine said. “Just felt given the circumstances, where we had placed him, what we had done as a result of what had happened, that Austin was above him and went out and played well. … [He] deserves this opportunity. It’s more about Austin and seeing what he can do than it is about length of punishment.”

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source: ESPN