Barring an unforeseen health setback in practice this week, the Cleveland Browns plan to start Robert Griffin III at quarterback against the Bengals on Sunday, a source told ESPN.
Griffin was the Browns’ starting quarterback for the 2016 season opener, but broke a bone in his shoulder during the Week 1 loss in Philadelphia. Since that time, the Browns have used Josh McCown and Cody Kessler as starting quarterbacks, while Charlie Whitehurst, Kevin Hogan and wide receiver Terrelle Pryor also have lined up behind center and thrown passes for the team.
The Browns are 0-12 and trying to avoid becoming the second team in NFL history to finish a season 0-16.
The Browns signed Griffin, the 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, last offseason in hopes that new coach Hue Jackson could help him revive his career in Cleveland. Griffin’s career in Washington after that magical rookie season was a disappointment, as he was often injured and ended up losing his job to Kirk Cousins. The Browns had the No. 2 pick in the 2016 draft but, after deciding Carson Wentz was not the franchise quarterback they sought, they traded that pick to the Eagles to amass picks in future drafts.
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