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Why The Cleveland Browns Benched Johnny Manziel Published: August 20, 2014

The Cleveland Browns will start Brian Hoyer over Johnny Manziel in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team announced on Wednesday.

Business Insider reports head coach Mike Pettine praised Hoyer in a statement, but added this telling explanation, "We've maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player."

That's not exactly a ringing endorsement. Neither player has been good in the preseason. Hoyer's stat line (8-for-20, 108 passing yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs) is just as rough as Manziel's (14-for-27, 128 passing yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs).

H/T: Yahoo
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