Cody Kessler will start for the Browns Sunday against Tennessee but whether or not veteran Josh McCown will back him up remains to be seen.
Browns head coach Hue Jackson said Thursday that Kessler was, “good to go” following Thursday’s practice that saw him work a full session.
“That was my mindset the whole time,” Kessler said after practice Thursday. “It’s exciting to get back out [there], and obviously last week was unfortunate, the game got cut a little short for me so it’s exciting to get back out there.”
Kessler has spent the last 4 days doing multiple sessions of rehab to recover from a rib/chest injury sustained with 1:20 left in the first quarter of Sunday’s 33-13 loss to the Patriots. New England linebacker Dont’a Hightower came free and untouched before laying him out in the end zone forcing a fumble and safety on a screen play intended for running back Duke Johnson that gave the visitors a 16-7 lead.
Kessler looked much more comfortable than he did Wednesday while throwing Thursday during the 20 minutes that practice was open to reporters.
“Obviously it’s still there a little bit,” Kessler said. “It’s more manageable. It’s easier to throw now. It’s starting to go away. Each day it’s getting better and better.”
On Monday, Jackson took responsibility for the ill-timed play call.
In 3 starts Kessler has completed nearly 67 percent of his passes for 529 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception in 3 losses.
“It’s tough to win,” Kessler said. “You got to finish games and one mistake here and there in the NFL can really hurt you and it can decide a game.”
Jackson wasn’t nearly as committal when it came to McCown, who practiced for a second straight day.