Browns Starting QB Sunday Is TBD; Hoyer Seriously Being Considered
BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden underwent an MRI on his right thumb Monday but the results will be kept private according to a team spokesman.
Weeden sustained the injury after hitting his hand on a helmet late in the 4th quarter at Baltimore. X-rays were negative but Weeden said after the game that it “really hurt.”
“Brandon has a sprained thumb,” head coach Rob Chudzinski said. “We’ll see how it responds in the next couple of days.”
Chudzinski, through a team spokesman, denied a report that Weeden will miss significant time or could be lost for the season. Weeden has not been ruled out for Sunday’s game but it wouldn’t be surprising if he is as the week goes on.
Chudzinski wouldn’t commit to backup Jason Campbell or 3rd string quarterback Brian Hoyer, who has been inactive the first 2 games, to starting against the Vikings if Weeden can’t go.
“We’re really waiting on Brandon to kind of see where he’s at and make the determination in the next few days with Brandon, and we’ll go from there,” Chudzinski said. “I’m going to keep all our options open right now. Obviously we have two options, and that’s Jason and Brian both.”
Don’t be shocked if they go with Hoyer.
“I’m confident in all the guys we have,” Chudzinski said. “We’ll put the guy out there I feel will give us the best chance on Sunday if it’s not Brandon.”
Campbell took over with 3:34 left in the game and played the final 5 snaps. He completed 1 pass for 6 yards against the Ravens during the final offensive series. The only completion came on an under-handed flip to tight end Jordan Cameron on 4th-and-10 that pretty much ended all hope.
“We’re all on the same team,” Campbell said. “Whatever the situation is you have to be a pro and that’s how I approach it and just continue to keep pushing forward and striving to help guys around me to become better, and at the same time just worry about trying to do my job.”
Hoyer, who is a North Olmsted native and St. Ignatius alum, is in his 5th NFL season and has appeared in 15 games with 1 start.
“You prepare every day like you’re going to be the one playing,” Hoyer said. “In this league you never know what could happen, and that’s just what you’ve got to prepare for and go from there.”
Weeden has been sacked 11 times in the first 2 games of the season and hit a total of 28 times because of protection problems up front.
Weeden finished 21 of 33 for 227 yards in the loss to Baltimore.
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