In this photo from Sept. 11, 2016, Cleveland quarterback Robert Griffin III warms up before an NFL game against the Eagles in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

In this photo from Sept. 11, 2016, Cleveland quarterback Robert Griffin III warms up before an NFL game against the Eagles in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

RG3 back in the starting lineup for the winless Browns

BEREA, Ohio — RG3’s getting his second shot with the Browns.

Robert Griffin III, who hasn’t played since breaking a bone in his left shoulder in the Sept. 11 season opener at Philadelphia, will start Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals as the winless Browns (0-12) try to avoid becoming the second team in NFL history to go 0-16.

He was recently cleared for contact and coach Hue Jackson selected him to be the starter following two practices after Cleveland’s bye week.

The Browns placed him on injured reserve with the idea Griffin could return, and Jackson will make his sixth quarterback change in his first season with Cleveland. After Griffin was injured the Browns also started Josh McCown (three games) and rookie Cody Kessler (eight).

The team has been unable to find a franchise quarterback for more than a decade and the Browns are giving the 26-year-old Griffin a chance to revive his career, which ended after four seasons with Washington.

Earlier this week, Griffin, who was told by doctors when he got hurt that he would probably not play again this season, said he would relish the chance to return to the field this season.

“It’s just an opportunity to play in the NFL with a group of guys who don’t deserve to be 0-12,” Griffin said.

“I just want to come in, give the team as much of a spark as I possibly can, have fun and hopefully we can go 4-0. Because that’s what we’ve been working for in this last quarter of the season. I think it’s real important.’

In his Browns debut, Griffin completed 12 of 26 passes for 190 yards and threw one interception.

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