This was bound to happen.
When Cleveland's Mike Pettine announced last week he was punishing quarterback Johnny Manziel by dropping him to No. 3 on the depth chart, the coach was setting himself up for a dilemma.
What if something happened to veteran Josh McCown and Pettine was left with the choice of starting the third-best quarterback on his roster out of principle or the guy who had the ability to be the starter all along but can't seem to get his act together?
We're about to find out. Pettine confirmed Tuesday that McCown is out for the rest of the season after breaking his collarbone late in the Browns' 33-27 loss to Baltimore on Monday night, and the Browns out for the rest of the season. Undrafted and relatively inexperienced quarterback Austin Davis filled in admirably, throwing a game-tying touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter.
So what now? The fans were chanting for Manziel after McCown was hurt Monday night and surely want the opportunity to see whether the guy who was drafted last year as their quarterback of the future really is just that.
And suspended star receiver Josh Gordon also chimed in on Manziel's behalf via Twitter:
But when Manziel lied to his coaches about partying during the team's bye week, Pettine decided to make a statement by demoting the former Heisman Trophy winner all the way down to third string.
The Browns are 2-9, and Pettine is likely coaching for his job over the next five games. That puts him in quite a pickle now that McCown is out for the year.