Whitney Mercilus, LB, Houston Texans: Mercilus left the game during the Texans’ first defensive series, and he was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game due to a chest injury.
Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: Kelce took a hard hit at the tail end of the second quarter and did not appear to start the second half. The Chiefs subsequently announced that Kelce was being evaluated for a concussion, and he did not return.
While the choice to shun the field goal was debatable, Jackson’s conclusion to bench an ineffective Kizer for Kevin Hogan was the right move.
Hogan threw two touchdown passes, a 21-yarder to rookie tight end David Njoku and a 41-yarder to Duke Johnson in the final two minutes to pull the Browns within 17-14.
Cleveland tried an onside kick, but Jets linebacker Julian Stanford recovered it and McCown knelt three times to run out the clock. It is the first time in his 15-year career that McCown has won three consecutive starts.
When the game ended, McCown chased down Jackson and put his arm around the embattled coach.
“I told him to hang in there,” McCown said. “Fight the fight.”
With his future growing cloudy, Jackson opened the second half with Hogan, who came into training camp as the team’s forgotten No. 4 quarterback. Hogan brought a spark, driving the Browns to a touchdown — and their first lead of the season — on the opening possession of the third quarter.