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Notes: Bengals wait on another opposing QB; Reggie eyes Fulcher


With six interceptions, Reggie Nelson is closing in on David Fulcher's club record for interceptions by a safety with eight.

After announcing Josh McCown is out for the year with a collarbone injury Tuesday, Browns head coach Mike Pettine is waiting to make a call on starting Austin Davis or Johnny Manziel Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 19) against the visiting Bengals.

If it is the 26-year-old Davis, who is 3-5 as a starter, he would be the 15th Browns quarterback to start against the Marvin Lewis Bengals in the 26th game of the series. Manziel became the 14th last Dec. 14 in Cleveland, when he made his NFL debut in a 30-loss and is 0-2 against the Bengals with a 49 completion percentage,  an average pass of 4.9 yards, and a passer rating of 53.4 culled from  one touchdown pass and two interceptions.

Davis made all eight starts last year for the Rams and was solid with an 85.1 rating while hitting 63 percent of his passes for 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions. After not throwing a pass this season until the fourth quarter Monday night after McCown got hurt, Davis was six-for-six on a drive he capped with a 42-yard tying touchdown pass to wide receiver Travis Benjamin with 1:47 left in the 33-27 loss to the Ravens. He finished seven of 10 for 77 yards.

The Bengals have been tough on starting quarterbacks this season. They knocked out Oakland's Derek Carr and Houston's Brian Hoyer during the game, played Buffalo, Cleveland, and St. Louis the week after their starters got hurt, and got Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in his first game back from a knee injury.

NELSON EYES FULCHER: With six interceptions, safety Reggie Nelson is four away from tying cornerback Deltha O'Neal's club record of 10 set in 2005. He's also two away from tying David Fulcher's team record for safeties with eight set in his Pro Bowl season of 1989.

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