Browns' Weeden suffers concussion, QB spot unclear

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 2, 2013 at 3:56 pm •  Published: December 2, 2013
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BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Another stinging defeat. Another damaged quarterback.

The Browns are losing games and key players at an alarming rate.

With Brandon Weeden sustaining a concussion in Sunday's troubling 32-28 loss against Jacksonville, and Jason Campbell still not medically cleared to practice after suffering a head injury last week against Pittsburgh, Browns coach Rob Chudzinski began preparing for this week's game at New England not knowing who he will start at quarterback against the powerful Patriots.

Gee, how comforting. Bill Belichick must be panicked.

Weeden played all four quarters — 75 snaps — against the Jaguars, and didn't complain about any symptoms until afterward, when he was diagnosed with the concussion. Weeden was sent home Monday after reporting to the Browns' training facility and is following the league's protocol on head injuries. Chudzinski did not know "exactly" when Weeden got hurt, but said it's not unusual for players to not feel well until after the game.

Campbell has been cleared to resume football activities, but still can't practice. If he's not on the field Wednesday, the Browns (4-8) may have to start Alex Tanney, who was signed last week off Dallas' practice squad. He's best known for a YouTube trick-shot video he made at Division III Monmouth (Ill.) College and has not played a single down in a regular-season NFL game.

Chudzinski said it's also possible the Browns will sign a free-agent quarterback.

"These next 24 to 48 hours will be key," Chudzinski said. "We have a number of contingency plans. All the possibilities are open right now."

Tanney was given a small package of plays last week so he would be ready in case he had to play against the Jaguars. Ideally for the Browns, Campbell will be ready, but the way their luck has gone lately, they're preparing for the worst.

"We can wait," Chudzinski said. "We have a few days to let it sort it out and we'll have to know something by the time that we get into practice. If Alex is the guy, then we'll have him ready and have him working and he'll have a package where he can be successful."

Chudzinski said it's possible the Browns' coaching staff may have to prepare several game plans for Sunday, one tailored to the strengths of whoever is behind center.

"We'll have different possibilities and we'll have to see how it plays out during the course of the week, when guys can practice or be cleared to practice or be cleared to play and how much practice time they would need," Chudzinski said. "It may be different for each guy."

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