Browns QB Josh McCown has given Ravens fits before

The Cleveland Browns' new quarterback, Josh McCown, is a familiar face, tough opponent to the Ravens.

As far as the Ravens are concerned, Josh McCown is no ordinary backup quarterback.

McCown, who will start Sunday for the Cleveland Browns after they announced Monday that Week 1 starter Robert Griffin III will go on injured reserve after suffering a broken bone in his left shoulder in a loss at the Philadelphia Eagles, is 2-1 against the Ravens.

In those three meetings, McCown has completed 63.3 percent of his passes (76-of-120) for 885 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. He also has run for a score.

McCown led the Chicago Bears to a 23-20 win against the Ravens on Nov. 17, 2013. On Oct. 11, McCown paced Cleveland to a 33-30 victory at M&T Bank Stadium with a performance that included 457 passing yards and three total touchdowns (two passing). On Nov. 30, the Ravens needed Will Hill to return a blocked field goal 64 yards for the game-winning score in a 33-27 win at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.

McCown, 37, has the full attention of the defense and coach John Harbaugh. “He’s had a lot of success against us,” Harbaugh said Monday during his weekly conference. “… He’s been on fire against us. He’s thrown balls up in the air, and a guy catches it with his feet for a touchdown. I just remember this guy having no conscience. He’s just throwing the ball in there and completing passes. So we have a lot of respect for him. We know what kind of player he is, we know how good he is, and he’s been super good against us. So we will have our hands full, and it will be all hands on deck to get ready for the offense led by Josh McCown.”

The Browns announced that Griffin fractured the coracoid bone in his non-throwing shoulder in a 29-10 loss to the Eagles. Surgery is not expected to be necessary.

Harbaugh acknowledged that Cleveland’s quarterback change will force the Ravens to adjust their defensive strategy for Sunday.

“I think it changes the way you approach the quarterback,” he said. “That’s part of it, but [Browns head coach] Hue Jackson is still the offensive coordinator and we have tons of respect for Hue Jackson.

"Hue Jackson’s a ringmaster, so to speak. He gets into formations, he’s still at it. He’s very creative. He finds ways to attack your defense at your weakest spots. He’ll formation you, he’s going to motion you, he’s going to run various kinds of routes, various kinds of runs."

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