DeShone Kizer cleared to return for Browns after getting evaluated for concussion

DeShone Kizer cleared to return for Browns after getting evaluated for concussion

DeShone Kizer went to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion.


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DeShone Kizer headed to the locker room Sunday in the second quarter to be evaluated for a concussion, but he returned for the team after one drive when he was cleared. The Cleveland Browns turned to Cody Kessler against the Cincinnati Bengals for just one series.

Kizer, 21, has struggled in 2017, but he started Sunday with four completions on five passes with 65 yards before he left the game. Kessler took over in the second quarter with Cleveland trailing, 10-3. On his first and only drive, the Browns went three-and-out with Kessler getting sacked on third down.

The Browns need Kizer in action because Kessler is the only other quarterback option for the team with Kevin Hogan inactive.

During his tumultuous rookie season that has featured a league-leading 14 interceptions and just five touchdowns, Kizer has been benched twice by the team and dealt with migraines earlier in the year.

A couple weeks ago, he exited a game against the Detroit Lions due to a rib injury, but he returned to the game after Kessler briefly took over. In two appearances in 2017, Kessler has completed 11 of 22 passes for 126 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.