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Cleveland Browns' Josh McCown played through Sunday's game with fractured collarbone

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Posted at 1:27 PM, Sep 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-23 13:28:10-04

Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown played through Sunday's game with a fractured collarbone.

The injury to his shoulder was originally called a "deep sprain." Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton said Friday that it was actually broken. A Brown spokesperson confirmed McCown fractured his clavicle.

The quarterback — who played as a replacement for Robert Griffin III — injured his shoulder in the first quarter, but remained in the game despite being in pain. The Browns fell to the Ravens 25-20. 

"I was probably most disappointed for Josh," Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton said Friday. "He went out there and played with a broken collarbone and until the last throw had a chance to win, and we talked about the heritage of Ronnie Lott getting a finger amputated to play the game and how precious this game is and what guys will do to play in this game. And so, for me, it was disappointing that we didn't win it for Josh."

McCown became emotional after the game when explaining to the media why he kept playing. 

“It think it is just not wanting to not be out there with your guys," he said. "I have a dad and an older brother who get up and go to work and sometimes they don’t feel great and they go. They go and they grind. I have two little boys that are playing football now. They get hit and they get banged up, and I am trying to teach them what toughness means. For me, it is those things and just knowing the window for me right now and understanding that I don’t want to miss snaps. I don’t want to be out there without my guys. Unless it is going to fall off, let’s try to make it work and make it go. That is my mentality.

The team released a video Friday of other players reacting to McCown's decision to stay in: