Johnny Manziel's timeout has ended. He's starting for the Browns again.

The polarizing quarterback will play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, returning to the lineup after being benched two games by coach Mike Pettine for defiantly partying during the team's bye week.

Pettine is giving Manziel another chance after the second-year QB broke a promise that he wouldn't become a distraction when the team was off last month. Manziel had been named the starter for Cleveland's final six games on Nov. 17 only to throw away the opportunity with his escapades.

Pettine feels Johnny Football has paid his dues.

"He's been solid in the building over the last couple of weeks, and we are hopeful he takes this opportunity to continue to build on the progress he's made on the field throughout the season," Pettine said.

"The goal for every game is to go out and win, and Johnny needs to show that he can put us in position to do so during these last four weeks of the season."

Manziel will replace Austin Davis, who started Sunday's 37-3 embarrassing loss to Cincinnati.

The Browns have changed starting quarterbacks six times this season — this is the third time Manziel has been given the job.

Manziel passed for a career-high 372 yards in his last start Nov. 15 in Pittsburgh. He's 1-2 as a starter this season, and will have four more games to prove to the Browns that he can be their long-term answer at quarterback.

Bennett out for year

Chicago tight end Martellus Bennett will miss the rest of the season because of a rib injury.

The Bears placed Bennett on injured reserve, ending his third season in Chicago and ninth in the NFL.

Bennett, the team leader with 53 catches, has been dealing with the rib injury the past few weeks. He missed the win at Green Bay on Thanksgiving and was limited during Chicago's overtime loss to San Francisco on Sunday.

RB by committee

Eagles coach Chip Kelly is going running back by committee the rest of the season as his team tries to win the NFC East for the second time in three years.

DeMarco Murray, who signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Eagles this past offseason with $21 million guaranteed, was demoted in Sunday's upset of the Patriots.

Kelly said the roles are dependent on weekly matchups and health. Murray was on the field for just 14 snaps against the Patriots, carrying eight times for 24 yards. Ryan Mathews, who missed three games because of a concussion, was back at practice Tuesday.

"It's a good problem to have when you have some backs that when you used all three of them, all three of them are productive for you," Kelly said.

Darren Sproles gained 66 yards on 15 carries and Kenjon Barner gained 39 yards on nine carries against the Patriots.


•Buccaneers rookie linebacker Kwon Alexander, the fourth-round draft pick who has started all 12 games, was suspended for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. He will sit out the final four games of the regular season without pay.

•The Jacksonville City Council approved a $90 million project to upgrade EverBank Field. The council voted 19-0 to move forward with plans to renovate club seating inside the stadium and build a state-of-the-art indoor practice facility as well as a 5,000-seat amphitheater on the property. Jaguars owner Shad Khan and the city will split the costs.