Browns coach Hue Jackson said he expects rookie quarterback Cody Kessler to start Sunday on the road against Washington after making his NFL regular-season debut this past weekend in a 30-24 overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins.
The only way Kessler wouldn't start is if Jackson were to receive unforeseen word quarterback Josh McCown will be back from a fractured collarbone suffered Sep. 18 in a 25-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. That certainly isn't expected to happen this week.
"There's no question," Jackson said Monday when asked if Kessler would start against Washington. "I think right now Cody will be our quarterback this week unless something else from the medical staff is told to me."
"I'm not talking about [the health of] Cody [being in question]. We have other quarterbacks that medically are not up right now."
Kessler, though, took some shots from the Dolphins. After the game, Kessler said one blow to his throwing arm caused it to bleed. He also had one thigh bandaged all the way to the knee.
"I've seen him today in person," Jackson said. "I think he's going to be fine."
A third-round draft pick from the University of Southern California, Kessler completed 21-of-33 passes for 244 yards without an interception. His passer rating was 85.9.
Jackson provided a few other injury updates.
The coach said he expects two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden back in action after he was inactive against the Dolphins with a groin injury suffered in Thursday's practice.
"It was a true game-time decision," Jackson said. "I think it was the right thing to do for Joe and his long-term health and for the health of our team as we continue to move forward. I expect Joe to be back and playing."
Jackson said outside linebacker Nate Orchard will be out for a while with a high left ankle sprain and cornerback Tramon Williams is day-to-day with a sprained AC joint in his shoulder.