Austin Davis named Browns starter

Austin Davis will make the ninth start of his NFL career Sunday.

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After coming on in relief of Josh McCown Monday night, quarterback Austin Davis will stay under center for the Cleveland Browns.

The team said Wednesday Davis will be the starter when they take on the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday in Cleveland.

"Austin took advantage of his opportunity on Monday night. He was prepared, played well and put us in position to win," Pettine said to "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."

Johnny Manziel will be the backup to Davis.

McCown was placed on injured reserve Tuesday after suffering a broken clavicle in the Browns’ loss to the Ravens.

Davis threw a game-tying 42-yard touchdown pass to Travis Benjamin in relief of McCown and went 7-of-10 for 77 yards in that fourth quarter.

He is now the Browns’ 24th starting quarterback since the franchise returned to the NFL in 1999.