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The list of start­ing quar­ter­backs for the Cleve­land Browns since the fran­chise re­booted in 1999 con­tin­ues to grow.

Browns Coach Hue Jack­son an­nounced Wed­nes­day that Kevin Ho­gan will be the team’s starter for Sun­day’s game against the Hous­ton Tex­ans. Ho­gan, who will make his first ca­reer start, re­places rookie DeShone Kizer, who was benched at half­time of last week’s 17-14 loss to the New York Jets.

Ho­gan now gets his chance as the 28th quar­ter­back to start for the Browns since 1999. He spent the off­sea­son as the fourth quar­ter­back in a three-player com­pe­ti­tion for the start­ing job. He did not play in the first pre­sea­son game, but even­tu­ally earned the backup role ahead of Brock Osweiler (re­leased) and Cody Kessler (No. 3).

Jack­son had gone to Kizer as his starter when the sea­son be­gan, say­ing he would stick with the rookie through all the grow­ing pains. How­ever, he’s changed that po­si­tion.

“I’ll say it again: DeShone Kizer has a huge fu­ture here with the Cleve­land Browns,” Jack­son said. “He needs to con­tinue to grow, con­tinue to get bet­ter, and he will. There’s no ques­tion in my mind that he will. But right now I think this is what’s best for our foot­ball team and this is the de­ci­sion that I’ve made.”

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