Browns head coach Hue Jackson said his club may shut down rookie quarterback Cody Kessler after he suffered his second concussion of the season today, according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com (Twitter link).
If Cleveland does opt to stash Kessler for the rest of the season, the club might have the chance to get another look at Robert Griffin III, whom the Browns signed to a two-year contract during the offseason. Griffin went down with injury during the season opener, but is on track to return and will begin practicing next week. If Cleveland opts to activate from injured reserve, it could use the rest of the season to determine if Griffin should be in the club’s plans for 2017. If Griffin isn’t healthy enough to go, the Browns would turn to either veteran Josh McCown or rookie Kevin Hogan.
Kessler, a third-round pick, has certainly been serviceable after being thrust into the starting role — through seven starts, he’s completed 67% of his passes 1,241 yards, six touchdowns, and just one interception. However, the Browns still look increasingly likely to select a quarterback in next year’s draft, and a report earlier today indicated the Cleveland is extremely interested in UNC QB Mitch Trubisky.