Brock Osweiler answers questions at his first press conference as a member of the Cleveland Browns (Photo courtesy: WOIO)

CLEVELAND – Brock Osweiler’s chance to start for the Cleveland Browns might have just ended before the season even kicked off.

Cleveland effectively benched the Kalispell native on Wednesday, announcing that rookie DeShone Kizer will start in Saturday’s game versus Tampa Bay. The Browns plan to not play Osweiler in the contest.

Osweiler started Cleveland’s first two preseason games. He completed 12 of 22 passes for only 67 yards. The former Kalispell Flathead Brave and Arizona State Sun Devil threw one interception, while Cleveland did not score while he was in either game.

Kizer, a second-round pick out of Notre Dame, completed 19 of 31 passes for 258 yards and a touchdown in those first two contests.

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The Browns acquired Osweiler in a trade with Houston this offseason after Osweiler spent one unsuccessful season as the Texans’ starter. Now rumors are swirling that Cleveland is trying to trade Osweiler before the season starts.

Osweiler told’s Tom Pelissero that he had “absolutely no regrets” about how he competed for the Browns’ job, and he added that he still feels the job is open for the taking. But when asked what it would take for Osweiler to start Week 1, he said, “I think that’s a great question for our general manager.”

The former second-round pick of the Denver Broncos has started 21 games in his NFL career between Denver and Houston. He has completed 60 percent of his passes for 5,083 yards, 26 touchdowns and 22 interceptions.