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Cody Kessler expected to start for Browns in Week 6

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The Cleveland Browns have churned through signal-callers at a wild and depressing pace this season, but the early word on Cody Kessler is positive.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the rookie quarterback is expected to play in Week 6 against the Titans after leaving Sunday's loss to the Patriots with banged-up ribs.

Coach Hue Jackson reiterated Monday that Kessler was day-to-day and remains optimistic he will be able to play. Jackson said Josh McCown (shoulder) will return to practice and there's a possibility that McCown could play Sunday.

"I'm going to practice Wednesday and we'll see how it plays out," McCown told reporters Monday. "Just getting out there and moving around is exciting to me."

Per Rapoport, Kessler underwent testing on Monday and "checked out OK," which should be enough to keep ineffective veteran Charlie Whitehurst -- the team's only other healthy passer -- tucked away on the bench. Whitehurst is also day-to-day, Jackson said, though injury designation was made following Sunday's loss.

The Browns were a scorching mess against New England, but it was Kessler who etched a nine-play, 75-yard touchdown march to tie the game 7-7 before Tom Brady and the Patriots flew into the skies for another easy win.

Taking a look at Cleveland's schedule, Sunday's tilt with Tennessee looms as one of the few games the Browns -- on paper -- have a shot at winning. Rolling with Kessler over Clipboard Jesus serves as a rare dose of good fortune in a season otherwise bathed in ghastly happenings.

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