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Quinn to start vs. Packers

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 15, 2009

Brady Quinn will start Saturday night's preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers, the Browns just announced.

It was not known if coach Eric Mangini based his choice on recent practices, a body of work during training camp and the off-season or the flip of a coin (just kidding!).

It does mean that Mangini will throw Derek Anderson to the wolves, er, Dawgs, when the Browns host the Detroit Lions next Saturday in Cleveland Browns Stadium.

When he was last seen there in a non-scrimmage situation, Anderson was upset when some fans cheered after he suffered a knee injury Nov. 30 against the Indianapolis Colts, ending his season. Quinn has been a fan favorite since he was drafted with the 22nd overall pick in 2007.

Ironically, the television monitor in the Lambeau Field press box had Derek Anderson listed as the starter.

Quinn got at least a few snaps against his brother-in-law A.J. Hawk, a starting inside linebacker from Ohio State.

Also of note, the Browns were again wearing their brown pants, which were last sported during the '08 preseason against the New York Giants. In that contest, the starters fell behind 30-0 on the road before the Browns fell 37-34 to the defending Super Bowl champions.

Inactive for the Browns were offensive lineman Rex Hadnot (knee), receiver David Patten and tight ends Steve Heiden and John Madsen.
Heiden tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee on Dec. 15 and underwent surgery four days later. Patten hasn't practiced since last Sunday's scrimmage.

Among the inactives for the Packers was rookie linebacker Clay Matthews III, son of the long-time Browns linebacker, and rookie nose tackle B.J. Raji, the ninth overall pick who signed late Thursday.


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