Berea, Ohio — 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 Jets. He has not been cleared by an independent neurologist to practice.
Following an offseason that included a 10-week stint in rehab and a renewed commitment to his profession, Manziel feels more prepared to take on the Titans than he did a year ago when his first start against Cincinnati ended with an embarrassing 30-0 shellacking at home.
“I definitely feel I’m in a lot better place now,” he said Friday. “So I guess if I thought I was prepared then, I think I’m even more prepared now. I definitely feel a lot better.”
Manziel, who has been slowed by elbow tendinitis, 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.
Atlanta safety William Moore was fined $23,152 for initiating contact with the crown of his helmet against Eagles receiver Jordan Matthews.
Dallas defensive lineman Jeremy Mincey and Cincinnati DE Carlos Dunlap each were fined $8,681, Mincey for a post-play hit to Giants tackle Ereck Flowers, Dunlap for unnecessary roughness against Oakland lineman Austin Howard, who also was docked the same amount.
Cleveland running back Isaiah Crowell was fined $8,681 for a chop block against the Jets.
... Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (concussion) is listed as doubtful Sunday for the Texans.
... The Packers will be without right tackle Bryan Bulaga (left knee) for their home opener against the Seahawks on Sunday night.
... 49ers and ex-Lions running back Reggie Bush (calf) won’t play Sunday at Pittsburgh.
... Bills running back LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday against the Patriots.
... Dolphins tight end Dion Sims (Michigan State) has been ruled out of Sunday’s game at Jacksonville because of a concussion suffered last week.