Punishment over: Johnny Manziel to start for Browns

The Punishment is over in Cleveland.

After Austin Davis and the Browns tanked in a miserable 37-3 home loss to the Bengals on Sunday, it re-opened the door for Johnny Manziel to come back and play.

The team will again turn to the second-year quarterback to take the reins as its starter in a Week 14 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday, via a source informed of the decision. Coach Mike Pettine said in his Monday press conference, however, he isn't prepared to name a starter yet.

"I haven't spoken to the QBs yet. That's where we are with it," Pettine said Monday.

A switch to Manziel would make sense given that the worst result from this experiment would be the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Still, it's an open question whether this decision is shared throughout the organization. Pettine was asked if the organization was unified.

"It's hard to be at this point," Pettine said. "I can't say we're all on board 100 percent. People have their own opinions when not going well."

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