Cleveland Browns: Johnny Manziel out, Davis and Devlin in


Dec 6, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Austin Davis (7) looks downfield for a pass while under pressure from Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Bengals defeated the Browns 37-3. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns announced on Thursday that quarterback Johnny Manziel’s season is officially over.

The Cleveland Browns made what everyone already knew official on Thursday by announcing the quarterback Johnny Manziel has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

This will be the second year in a row that Manziel will finish the season on the sidelines rather than on the field.

In two seasons Manziel has appeared in just 14 games, completing 57 percent of his passes for 1,675 yards, seven touchdown passes, seven interceptions and seven fumbles, while posting a quarterback rating of 74.4.

Manziel appeared in nine games this season, making six starts and playing all but the opening series of the season-opening game against the New York Jets.

Against the Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers, teams with a combined record of 7-23, Manziel completed 63 percent of his passes for 442 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

Against the Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs, Manziel completed 56 percent of his passes for 1,019 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions.

Austin Davis will take over the offense and make his second start of the season for the Browns. Davis started the home game against the Cincinnati Bengals, finishing 25-of-38 for 230 yards and an interception in the 37-3 loss.

“Obviously, that game didn’t go the way we wanted it to,” Davis said. “But (now I have) another chance to play and another chance to compete and go get after it again. Last game of the season and I know the guys are excited and ready to play and so am I.”

He also took over for Josh McCown in the infamous Monday night game against the Baltimore Ravens and had the Browns in position to win the game before a blocked field goal was returned for a touchdown as time expired.

When Davis takes the field against the Steelers it will mark the fourth consecutive year, and fifth in the past six, the Browns will trot out a player who was their third-string quarterback for the season finale.

Davis will join a list that is every bit as depressing as you will find in the NFL.:

  • Connor Shaw (14-of-28 for 177 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in 2014)
  • Jason Campbell (22-of-41 for 240 yards, one touchdown and one interception in 2013)
  • Thad Lewis (22-of-32 for 204 yards, one touchdown and one interception in 2012)
  • Bruce Gradkowski (five-of-16 for 18 yards and two interceptions in 2008) and
  • Doug Pederson (13-of-30 for 75 yards in 2000)

The Browns also resigned Pat Devlin, who was with the team briefly in the preseason, to serve as the backup quarterback on Sunday. (Much to the dismay of Ohio State fanboys everywhere who thought they would get to see Terrelle Pryor ball out against the Steelers.)

Originally signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2011, Devlin has spent time during the regular season with the Dolphins (2011-13) and Minnesota Vikings (2014). He spent part of the 2015 offseason with the Bears.