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Injuries give former Trojans QB Cody Kessler his big break in Cleveland

Injuries give former Trojans QB Cody Kessler his big break in Cleveland

Cleveland Browns quarterback Cody Kessler passed for a touchdown in an exhibition opener against Green Bay, but he didn’t bother to keep the ball as a memento — unwittingly denying his dad a prized keepsake for his mantel.

“He’s not about records and trying to impress people,” Don Kessler said this week from his hometown of Bakersfield. “I would have liked that ball, though.”

Beginning Sunday at Miami, Kessler will get more chances, but he’ll have to overcome formidable obstacles. The third-round pick from USC will be without starting center Cam Erving, recovering from a bruised lung, and first-round receiver Corey Coleman, who...

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