Kevin O'Connell (football)

Browns coach Pettine on sticking with McCown: 'He gives us the best opportunity to win'

The Browns will start quarterback Josh McCown instead of Johnny Manziel on Sunday when they host the Oakland Raiders, the team announced Wednesday morning in a news release.

McCown was cleared to return from a concussion by an independent neurologist Wednesday morning, Browns coach Mike Pettine said. McCown will practice Wednesday as the Browns (1-1) prepare for the Raiders (1-1).

"He's done everything that we've asked of him in the offseason and so far this year," Pettine said Wednesday before practice. "He'd earned the right to be our starting quarterback, and we feel that he gives us the best opportunity to win on Sunday, and that was truly the...