Browns release quarterback Josh McCown

NFL teams are starting to make moves now that the Super Bowl has concluded. On Tuesday the Browns announced that they released quarterback Josh McCown. The news was first reported by NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

This past season, McCown played in three games and started in five for the Browns. He lost his starting job due to injuries. In the time that he did play, he completed 90 of 165 pass attempts for 1,100 yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions.

McCown was a free agent pickup by the Browns in 2015 and he ended up turning in the best season of his long career. The frequent NFL journeyman actually broke a franchise record when he threw for 457 yards against the Ravens in his only win as a starter for the Browns. However, his play wasn’t consistent by any stretch of the imagination.

In 13 total games in Cleveland, McCown completed 60.4 percent of his passes for 3,209 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.

Questions have been raised as to whether McCown will continue playing or decide to retire. Part of that was because of what Hue Jackson indicated this past December:

Hue Jackson says 37 year old Josh McCown could be “rising star” in coaching ranks whenever he’s done playing. “He’s made of the right stuff”

“He’s made of the right stuff,” Jackson said via ESPN’s Pat McManamon. “He knows what it takes to coach and play in this league, and he’s going to be a rising star in this profession if that’s what he chooses to do.”

Devonta Freeman, right, and Tevin Coleman give the Falcons two dynamic threats in the backfield

MVP front-runner Matt Ryan is on a hot streak at the right time. He has guided the Falcons to five straight victories, including a 36-20 win over the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional round. Ryan has thrown 14 touchdowns and no interceptions in the five-game stretch. He needs to make sure he plays turnover-free Sunday with a Super Bowl berth on the line.

Ryan certainly knows what’s at stake as he goes up against two-time MVP Rodgers, another quarterback who’s on fire.

“I don’t specifically have to go out on the field and defend Aaron, which is a good thing for us,” Ryan said with a laugh this week. “I played against him a number of times. I’ve gotten to know him throughout the years. He’s a good friend. And I respect him so much because he’s such a great competitor.”

Ryan won the last battle between the two during Week 8 of the regular season. But Rodgers won the most important one when the Packers marched into Atlanta as the underdog during the 2010 season and knocked the Falcons out of the playoffs with a 48-21 thumping. Rodgers went on to win the Super Bowl.

Ryan certainly doesn’t want history to repeat itself in the final game at the Georgia Dome.

And Packers wide receiver Davante Adams, coming off an ankle injury, will present a challenge to cornerbacks Robert Alford and Jalen Collins. Not to mention the slight possibility of Jordy Nelson returning from a rib injury; he dipped behind the Falcons’ defense in Week 8 for a 58-yard pass play. All of that adds up to a tall challenge for the Atlanta defense.

Doug Martin is still expected to shoulder most of the workload for the Buccaneers

Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills, groin: Taylor having a groin injury could normally be a concern for fantasy owners, as he provides so much value through his ground game. The good news is that he was a full participant in practice each day despite the ailment and was removed entirely from the game status injury report. It does not appear he will enter the game with any limitations; hopefully it won’t be something he will aggravate in-game.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets, knee: Fitzpatrick remains on the practice injury report, but he is expected to start again, as usual.

Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints, toe, (Q): Last week we were monitoring Ingram’s status as he was moving through the concussion protocol; now we just want to know how he’s moving. Ingram appeared on the injury report with a toe ailment and did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday. He did return to a limited practice status on Friday. There was little information on Ingram’s injury, but it’s notable that he was not seen in a walking boot at all this week, and there was no report of injury immediately after last week’s game. Still, toe injuries in a running back can be cause for concern, depending on severity. ESPN.com’s Mike Triplett reports this toe injury is not as severe as previous episodes, according to Ingram. It sounds, however, as if a decision on his status will come down to how he feels at game time. The Saints haven’t been afraid to utilize Tim Hightower, and they could lean on him even more heavily if Ingram is limited.

For those who might be new to this feature, injury reports provide some insight into a player’s status. The NFL requires teams to submit practice injury reports several times a week, identifying the body part that is involved in the injury. This year, there has been a change in the language of injury reporting, per the league office. The most notable change is the removal of the “probable” designation. For more detailed information on the changes and what they mean, click here.

Early in the week, the practice injury reports indicate whether a player did not practice, was limited in practice or was a full participant in practice. On Fridays, all teams file a game status injury report assigning one of the following designations: questionable, doubtful or out. The designations listed here reflect the injury reports filed with the league office Friday evening. Teams playing Monday night do not have to issue their designations until Saturday. The explanation for each designation is as follows:

Out: This is the easy one: The guy is not playing this week.