BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine said he hasn’t decided to make a change at quarterback yet, but “it would be natural to be leaning” toward rookie Johnny Manziel after starter Brian Hoyer played poorly again in Sunday’s loss to Indianapolis.
Manziel came off the bench two weeks ago in the fourth quarter at Buffalo and led the Browns to a touchdown.
Pettine was unclear on if he had already decided to make the change. He said he wants to talk with his coaching staff and both quarterbacks before announcing who will start Sunday against Cincinnati.
Pettine said the offensive problems in Sunday’s game were deeper than the quarterback, but he called the passing attack “sub-standard.” Pettine cited dropped passes, receivers running wrong routes and execution as factors but that Hoyer has to play better.
“We’re in a results business,” he said. “We’ve lost two in a row. We know what the numbers were in the pass game, and for us to be successful, we have to improve.”
Pettine said Manziel would “absolutely” be ready if called upon to make his first start.
Hoyer, who has thrown one touchdown pass and eight interceptions in the past four games, is proceeding as if he’s still the starter until told otherwise. Pettine chose to stick with the veteran last week over Manziel, the high-profile, first-round draft pick.
Pagano says Wayne has torn triceps: In Indianapolis, Colts coach Chuck Pagano has an explanation for Reggie Wayne’s declining numbers: a torn triceps.
Pagano told reporters Monday that Wayne injured his left arm during a victory over Cincinnati on Oct. 19.
Since then, the team has listed Wayne on the injury report with an elbow injury. But Pagano didn’t discuss the triceps until Sunday’s postgame radio show.
While Wayne has missed only one game, he hasn’t been himself. Despite being targeted eight times Sunday, Wayne caught only one pass for 5 yards — ending his NFL record streak of consecutive games with three or more catches to 82.
He has tied Peyton Manning’s franchise records for the most games played (208) and most wins (141), and he could break those marks if the Colts beat Houston on Sunday.
McCoy has tests; Griffin might start: In Ashburn, Virginia, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III could be starting again, even if Colt McCoy is healthy.
Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he’s waiting to hear from a specialist for the latest on McCoy’s sprained neck.
McCoy was hurt in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 24-0 loss to the St. Louis Rams, further complicating the Redskins’ quarterback situation.
Gruden said Griffin will start if McCoy can’t play because of the injury.
Asked if Griffin could start even if McCoy is cleared to play, the coach said he didn’t want to rush into a decision.
McCoy threw for 199 yards with two interceptions against the Rams.
Safety Delmas goes on IR: In Davie, Florida, Miami Dolphins safety Louis Delmas went on season-ending injured reserve Monday after hurting his right knee against the Baltimore Ravens.
Delmas was carted off the field Sunday after being hurt in the fourth quarter. He started 12 games this year, made 61 tackles and scored on an interception return.
Team says police investigating Hill: In Nashville, Tennessee, the Titans said they are aware police are investigating a sexual assault allegation involving defensive lineman Sammie Hill.
“We will let the police investigate the allegation, and we will provide any assistance they need,” the Titans said in a statement Monday. “We have discussed the matter with Sammie, and we will continue to gather facts.”
An Atlanta Police Department spokesman John Chaffee wrote in an email that a woman told police she had been sexually assaulted by Hill and they are working with the woman for more information.
Hill, who played at Stillman and is a native from West Blocton, Alabama, is a six-year veteran in the second year of a three-year deal with Tennessee. The 6-foot-4, 328-pound Hill has started 12 games this season for Tennessee.
Berry diagnosed with cancer: In Kansas City, Missouri, Chiefs safety Eric Berry was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease and will begin chemotherapy for what doctors called a “very treatable and potentially curable” form of cancer.
Hodgkin’s disease is a form of lymphoma originating in white blood cells.
Berry had been undergoing tests at Emory University in Atlanta since an MRI exam nearly two weeks ago showed a mass on the right side of his chest that was suspected to be lymphoma.
Berry said in a statement that he will “embrace this process and attack it the same way I do everything else in life. God has more than prepared me for it.”
The former All-Pro safety has already been ruled out for the remainder of the season.