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5 Observations: Josh McCown dealing with collar bone injury

1. QB Josh McCown dealing with collar bone injury

Josh McCown suffered his fourth different injury of the 2015 season Monday, and this one was enough to keep the gutsy veteran on the sidelines for the final 9 minutes of the Browns' 33-27 loss to the Ravens.

McCown injured his collar bone after taking a hit following a deep throw attempt to Travis Benjamin with 2:20 to play in the third quarter. He returned for the Browns' next possession, which began with 9:05 to play in the fourth, and threw two passes -- a short completion to Malcolm Johnson and an incompletion well out of bounds -- before he was relieved by Austin Davis.

"Probably one of the toughest guys that I've ever played with," Davis said. "You pretty much have to drag him off the field. His arm was falling off, and he went back out there and tried to keep fighting and keep playing."

McCown missed a game in September with a concussion and was sidelined for the previous two because of rib and shoulder injuries.

"He's a tough guy, a competitor, making plays, ready to go," center Alex Mack said. "I can't speak highly enough about that man."

Browns coach Mike Pettine wouldn't speculate on who would start at quarterback Sunday against the Bengals if McCown isn't able to play.

"We will rely on what the trainers say," Pettine said. "If he is cleared to play, then he'll play. If he is not, then he won't."

2. Justin Gilbert starts, exits with concussion

Second-year defensive back Justin Gilbert made his first start of the season and delivered his longest kick return of the year before his game came to an early end because of a concussion.

Gilbert won the four-man battle to fill the void left by Joe Haden, who missed his sixth game of the season, and played the majority of the snaps on defense before he took a hard hit on a third-quarter kick return that went for a season-long 40 yards.

On the season, Gilbert is averaging 28.3 yards on kick returns.

3. Explaining the slide

Davis' in-bounds slide with 8 seconds to play prompted the Browns to use their second timeout as they prepared to attempt a game-winning field goal.

Davis said it was intentional but, in hindsight, he "probably should have just run out (of bounds) and let (Pettine) control that."

"I knew time was down, but I thought we could burn a timeout of theirs," Davis said. "Looking back, probably should have just stepped out and maybe try to get a little closer for a field goal. I knew we were down on time and we weren't going to be going for a touchdown."

4. Travis Coons makes some history

Before his game-ending field goal attempt was blocked, Browns rookie kicker Travis Coons set an NFL record after nailing two short field goals in the first half.

The second field goal, a 21-yarder, put him at 18-for-18 on the year. He passed Kai Forbath and Chandler Catanzaro for most field goals made without a miss to begin an NFL career.

The only thing on Coons' mind after the game was the kick that didn't split the uprights.

"I was actually really surprised," Coons said. "It felt really good coming off of my foot. I don't know what happened, whether it was me or if they just did a really good job and blocked it."

5. Dansby inching toward elite company

Karlos Dansby's 52-yard interception return for a touchdown in Monday's third quarter gave him two scores on the season and put him one pick away from some exclusive territory.

One more interception will give Dansby 20 for his career. He'd become the fifth player in NFL history to intercept at least 20 passes and collect at least 40 sacks over the course of his career.

Wilber Marshall, Seth Joyner, Brian Urlacher and Ray Lewis are the others.

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