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NFL News: Browns to rest most starters during final preseason game

Brandon Weeden will be holding a clipboard on Thursday night when his Cleveland Browns take on the Chicago Bears in what will be the preseason finale for both teams. Weeden, the Browns’ second-year quarterback, will be one of many starters to rest as the team prepares for their Opening Day contest against the Miami Dolphns.

After saying that he would consider playing his starters for 10-12 plays on Tuesday afternoon, Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski revealed that only a select few starters will see a mere snap during their game. With veteran quarterback Jason Campbell drawing the start under center, he will have wide receiver Josh Gordon at his disposal. Gordon, who will miss the team’s first two games due to a substance abuse violation, will play alongside second-year wide receiver Travis Benjamin. Campbell has played relatively well thus far, completing 26 of 35 preseason attempts for 255 yards and a TD for a 103.9 rating. Weeden, however, is coming off of a relatively poor performance in the team’s “dress rehersal” against the Indianapolis Colts.

Other players who will likely see considerable time include veteran offensive lineman Oneil Cousins who will start at right guard, and veteran receiver David Nelson who will draw his first action since suffering a torn ACL in September of 2012. On defense, right end Billy Winn and right outside linebacker Quentin Groves will also play.

Spencer Lanning and Colton Schmidt will share punting duties. Schmidt is expected to hold for all field goals as well as handle all kickoffs. The Browns were awarded Schmidt off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday. He and Lanning will battle for a job as the team’s primary punter.

All NFL teams are required to trim their rosters to 53 players by 6 p.m. Saturday. The Browns currently have 75 players.

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  • MrCleaveland

    Here’s what I don’t get. If you’re so terrified of somebody getting hurt, why do you play Oneil Cousins, who is the likely starter at a position we’re very thin at. If he gets hurt, we’re really shafted.

    Heard a good conversation on Baskin and Phelps yesterday. They talked about just doing away with the NFL exhibition schedule altogether. No other level of football has exhibition games — unless you want to count U Mongous vs. Cupcake State in the non-conference opener. But then again, even those games count, and you always run the risk of getting Appalachianed. But of course, we all know why that will never happen.

  • Natedawg86

    Have to remind the wife to make cupcakes to commemorate next weekend

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Phew Miami will really have no clue now!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Clearly you think to much but great point about Cousins. Personally I don’t feel good about him playing anywhere on the OL so hopefully someone releases a decent guard as rosters are trimmed.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Sprinkles?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Btw what kind of courses do they have at U Mongous?

  • MrCleaveland

    • Introduction to Pain
    • Theory of Caving Your Chest In.
    • Advanced Punishment

    Other activities include:
    • Breaking Down Tape Night
    • Grass Drill Corps
    • Drop Step Social
    • Trauma Club

  • MrCleaveland

    Thank you, Rock. I’m often accused of thinking to much. And working to hard.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    That’s better then working to much and thinking to hard.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Hmmmmm I’m thinking WhatsAmatter U is more my style. Breaking balls and Smart A$$ comments not to mention Copyright Infringement, Piracy and Intro to porn peeked my curiosity. Can I still join the Trauma Club? I mean even though we can’t talk about it.

  • Natedawg86

    Chocolate with peanut butter inside. Do it every year for our first game.

  • Harv 21

    I’d play Gordon every snap, even when he’s gassed and motioning to the sideline for a breather. Sorry, Josh, we coaches aren’t bad people, we just made an error in judgment not taking you out. This incident really made us think about our priorities and we take full responsibility.

  • mgbode

    well, dude. you need to change it up then. it’s not working!!!!

  • steve-o

    They are playing Cousins to see if he is better than the waiver options they will soon be considering. I don’t understand risking Benjamin. With Gordon suspended he’s our only deep threat for two games.