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Josh McCown | Quarterback | #13

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (37) / 7/4/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 218
College: Sam Houston State
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 3 (81) / ARZ
Contract: view contract details

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Josh McCown's (shoulder) timeline for return is 2-4 weeks.
Rather than a broken collarbone as previously reported, RapSheet calls the injury a "painful strain and hairline crack" in McCown's non-throwing shoulder. It sounds like McCown could return sooner than expected, which would be great news for suspended WR Josh Gordon's outlook. The Browns will likely struggle to generate much offense with third-rounder Cody Kessler running the show. Sep 25 - 8:34 AM

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The Browns confirmed Josh McCown suffered a broken clavicle in the Week 2 loss to the Ravens.

His break is non-displaced, and the Browns are saying he's week to week. It would be a shock if he plays before November, however. Broken collarbones are typically two-month injuries. It's now the Cody Kessler Show.
Sep 23 - 12:39 PM

Browns DC Ray Horton said Josh McCown suffered a broken left collarbone in the Week 2 loss to the Ravens.

This is the first we've heard of this, as there's yet to be any official word on what McCown's injury is. If true, McCown played a full three quarters with an injury that is likely to cost him upwards of two months. Tony Romo missed nine weeks with a similar injury last season, and Aaron Rodgers missed seven weeks in 2013. McCown could be a candidate for I.R.-designated for return. It sure seems like third-round rookie Cody Kessler will be making starts into November.
Sep 23 - 10:29 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports there's a "good chance" Josh McCown's shoulder injury will cost him "multiple games."

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the Browns are not planning to place McCown on injured reserve, but that rookie Cody Kessler will get an "extended look." Kessler didn't look anywhere near ready to play in preseason games. His presence under center is a huge concern for Cleveland's skill-position players. That includes Josh Gordon, who is scheduled to come off suspension in Week 5. Daily Slant: With McCown out and Kessler under center, the Dolphins are one of the top D/ST units of the week, but certainly aren't priced that way. Miami held the Seahawks to just 12 points in the season opener (three sacks, two turnovers forced), yet they were torn apart by Patriots backup Jimmy Garoppolo before he was forced from the game with an injury. Expect the Dolphins D/ST to bounce back in their first home game of the season - they are a strong play in any format.
Sep 19 - 4:01 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot reports Josh McCown's shoulder injury is believed to be serious.

While Robert Griffin III's injury Week 1 almost certainly helped the offense, losing McCown would be a huge blow to the skill players. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported third-round rookie Cody Kessler is "not close to being ready to play," and the veteran options available on the street are not going to fill anyone with confidence. If McCown is out, every single Brown will be downgraded moving forward.
Sep 19 - 10:00 AM

NFL Network's Mike Silver reports the Browns are "bracing themselves for possible bad news" on Josh McCown's shoulder injury.

Get ready for the Cody Kessler show. McCown exited Sunday's game twice with injuries, and it sounds like the Browns are worried a forthcoming MRI may show the injury is significant. Kessler starting would be a huge downgrade to all Cleveland skill-position players. Robert Griffin III is on injured reserve.
Sep 18 - 6:58 PM

Josh McCown completed 20-of-33 passes for 260 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in the Browns' 25-20, Week 2 loss to the Ravens.

McCown started off white-hot, with the Browns scoring touchdowns on each of their first three possessions. McCown hooked up deep with Corey Coleman for a 31-yard touchdown strike on the first, Isaiah Crowell ran for an 85-yard score on the second, and then McCown found Coleman again for an 11-yard score. McCown was driven into the turf on the play before the second Coleman score, injuring his left shoulder. He went to the locker room, but quickly came back. He never missed a play Sunday, but was in obvious discomfort, hanging his left arm at his side the final three quarters. He headed for X-rays immediately after the loss. Announcers suspected he was playing through a separated left shoulder.
Sep 18 - 4:31 PM

Josh McCown quickly returned from the locker room and is back in the game after briefly exiting Week 2 against the Ravens with a left shoulder issue.

McCown ran to the locker room after throwing an 11-yard touchdown to Corey Coleman in the first quarter, but he didn't end up missing a play. He's clearly hurting and in pain, but rookie Cody Kessler is a last resort.
Sep 18 - 1:48 PM

Josh McCown exited Week 2 against the Ravens with a first-quarter left shoulder injury.

McCown started off as hot as humanly possible, going 5-of-7 for 92 yards and two touchdowns through three possessions. Both scores went to Corey Coleman, one a deep shot from 31 yards out on third-and-long. The other an 11-yard hitch. McCown went 3-of-3 on third downs on the first TD drive.
Sep 18 - 1:39 PM

Josh McCown will take over as the Browns' starting quarterback after Robert Griffin III (shoulder) was sent to injured reserve.

It's probably an upgrade for the Browns, who are tanking the season and figured they might as well see what Griffin has left. McCown's reinsertion under center is a definite boost for his favorite target, Gary Barnidge. McCown, of course, is almost as fragile as RGIII, and comes away from almost every game with some minor ailment or other. With Griffin on the shelf for at least eight games, third-round rookie Cody Kessler is probably going to have to make starts. McCown is a low-end QB2 for Week 2 against the Ravens.
Sep 12 - 2:31 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer confirms the Browns won't part with Josh McCown unless a team is willing to give up a "high pick."

That price tag is rumored to be in the third round, although it's perhaps gotten steeper with multiple NFL teams losing quarterbacks recently. Ultimately, the Plain Dealer says the Browns are "unlikely" to part with McCown. As the Plain Dealer notes, McCown may be needed to make starts this year if Robert Griffin III gets hurt. (Griffin was sacked five times in one half of the Browns' third preseason game.) The Browns also view McCown as a valuable "mentor" to rehab project Griffin and third-round rookie Cody Kessler.
Aug 31 - 2:16 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Browns are likely to keep Josh McCown.

Dallas could use a veteran backup after losing Tony Romo for at least six weeks, but the Browns' asking price for McCown is too high. The Steelers are also expected to pass on McCown.
Aug 27 - 5:05 PM

According to Yahoo's Charles Robinson, the cost to acquire Josh McCown from the Browns is "believed to be no less than a fourth-round pick."

Robinson included this nugget in an article detailing the Cowboys' current backup quarterback situation. McCown's leadership skills and on- and off-field smarts are valued in Cleveland's quarterback room, where the Browns are trying to rehab Robert Griffin III and bring along third-rounder Cody Kessler. They're playing hardball with Dallas, which is in obvious desperate need for an upgrade on raw rookie Dak Prescott behind fragile-collarboned Tony Romo.
Aug 12 - 6:25 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder confirms the Browns and Cowboys have discussed a Josh McCown trade, but that the Browns "prefer to keep him."

Per Werder, the Browns "attached a high price" that the Cowboys currently aren't willing to pay. The Cowboys have a sorry situation behind aging and increasingly-brittle starter Tony Romo, but overpaying for 37-year-old McCown would not be wise. A risk taker with bodies around him, McCown exposes himself to a lot of hits, getting injured often as a result.
Aug 4 - 5:20 PM

Speaking Thursday, Browns QB Josh McCown said he isn't pushing for a trade, but hinted he would be open to it.

McCown said he's spoken with the team about the chatter that Dallas could be interested. "Just leave it like that," McCown said. "We’re on the same page." In other words, if the opportunity comes, McCown would welcome it. If not, he's happy in Cleveland. McCown makes much more sense for the win-or-bust Cowboys than rebuilding Browns. Cleveland is refurbishing Robert Griffin III and developing Cody Kessler.
Aug 4 - 1:21 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Josh McCown
2Cody Kessler
RB1Isaiah Crowell
2Duke Johnson
GLB1Isaiah Crowell
2Duke Johnson
3RB1Duke Johnson
2Isaiah Crowell
FB1Malcolm Johnson
WR11Corey Coleman
2Andrew Hawkins
3Ricardo Louis
4Josh Gordon
WR21Terrelle Pryor
2Rashard Higgins
3Jordan Payton
WR31Andrew Hawkins
TE1Gary Barnidge
2Randall Telfer
3Seth DeValve
LT1Joe Thomas
2Shon Coleman
LG1Joel Bitonio
C1Cameron Erving
RG1John Greco
RT1Austin Pasztor
2Alvin Bailey
K1Patrick Murray
2Cody Parkey