Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown will be sidelined for the rest of the season after he broke his collarbone in 33-27 defeat to the Baltimore Ravens.
McCown, who came into the Browns organisation has a free agent this season, made eight starts in his intriguing battle for the QB spot with Johnny Manziel, who was recently dropped due to his off-the-field antics taking centre stage once again.
"It is very unfortunate," head coach Mike Pettine said upon confirmation on Tuesday. "Josh means a lot to this team, whether it was in the locker room, practice field or game day. Just the positive energy that he exuded, the leadership.
"I just cannot say enough positive things about Josh McCown and what he has done for this football team and what he means to this football team."
Pettine is now faced with a quarterback dilemma for the rest of the regular season, with Manziel now vying for his old spot against Austin Davis, who came on to replace McCown on Monday night.
Pettine also refused to rule out the opportunity to bring in another quarterback to bolster their options and add depth to their roster.
"We are going to discuss it more and determine our best course of action moving forward," Pettine added. "We are going to take everything into consideration and then make a decision for this week that is best for the team."