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Browns QB Brandon Weeden expected to start Sunday, team to work out Caleb Hanie as possible backup

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 25, 2013

Quarterback Brandon Weeden will likely start Sunday when the Browns (4-7) host the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9), and the organization will likely sign another quarterback this week to serve as Weeden’s backup, coach Rob Chudzinski said today during a news conference.

“There’s a good chance that we’ll sign another guy before the game,” Chudzinski said.

Quarterback Caleb Hanie could be that guy. The Browns made plans to work out Hanie, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal. If the Browns sign Hanie, he'll be expected to serve as Weeden's backup Sunday.

Hanie, 28, was a backup for the Chicago Bears from 2008-11. He made all four of his NFL starts in 2011 and went 0-4. Hanie spent last season as a reserve for the Denver Broncos. He signed with the Baltimore Ravens in April and was cut in August. He has been out of the league for all of this season.

Starting quarterback Jason Campbell suffered a concussion Sunday in the third quarter of a 27-11 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers when William Gay zoomed toward Campbell unblocked on a cornerback blitz and whacked him across the face mask with his left hand, causing Campbell to fumble and smack the back of his helmet on the ground. Safety Will Allen returned the fumble 49 yards to the Browns’ 4. During the next play, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger connected with wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders on a slant route for a 4-yard touchdown as the Steelers captured a 20-3 lead with 7:43 left in the third quarter.

Gay was not penalized for his hit on Campbell, even though he struck him in the facemask and should have been called for roughing the passer. Chudzinski said he would ask the NFL to review the play.

Campbell has not yet been ruled out for Sunday, Chudzinski said. Campbell reported to the team’s headquarters this morning and later went home, Chudzinski said. He’ll go through the NFL’s concussion protocol this week, meaning he must pass a concussion test before returning to practice.

“I think he felt OK,” Chudzinski said when asked how Campbell felt today.

Chudzinski provided two other injury updates. He said inside linebacker Tank Carder suffered a sprained shoulder and cornerback Buster Skrine suffered bruised ribs. Chudzinski said the Browns will see how both players progress this week before determining their status.


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