NFL News: Browns considering Brian Hoyer as replacement for injured Weeden

The Cleveland Browns coachin staff is reportedly considering third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer in the event that Brandon Weeden cannot play in Week 3 due to a sprained thumb on his throwing hand.

Weeden left Sunday’s game midway through the fourth quarter after his hand collided with the helmet of guard John Greco and immediately underwent X-rays which came back negative. He finished the game completing 21-of-33 passes for 227 yards and rushed twice for seven yards, amassing zero touchdowns..Jason Campbell filled in for the injured starter and went on to complete just one of his six pass attempts. Hoyer had been made inactive prior to the game.

Campbell has 71 starts on his NFL resúmé, but Hoyer has long been linked to Browns general manager Mike Lombardi. It would be a surprise if the seasoned Campbell doesn’t get the start, but stranger things have happened when it comes to the currently 0-2 Browns. Hoyer signed a two-year deal with the Browns this past offseason after the St. Ignatius product was released by the Arizona Cardinals. Expect updates on Weeden as the week draws on.

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  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    Oh good, I had to get my watch battery replaced and needed a Week 2 Quarterback Controversy to set it by.

  • rtpinfla

    It’s getting to be deja vu, all over again. I remember how everyone couldn’t wait for DA to be replaced by Quinn. The results were self evident- Both QB’s were awful in their own terrible way.
    I strongly suspect that Weeden is the least bad option the Browns have, but have no issue if either Campbell or Hoyer start. At least we would know a little more.
    Of course if one of these guys do start and make even 1-2 nice connections with Gordon, our only real passing threat that Weeden didn’t have available, it will spark some interesting debates.


    His elbow was jacked up. He tried out with the Packers at one point (this was well before they drafted Rodgers) and couldn’t get through camp with his elbow.