Browns take 'wait-and-see' approach

Posted Sep 16, 2013

Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said the team is waiting to see how quarterback Brandon Weeden’s sprained thumb responds to treatment before making a decision on his starter against the Vikings.

The Cleveland Browns lost starting quarterback Brandon Weeden to a sprained right thumb in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 14-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.

After initial observations, coach Rob Chudzinski and the team will “wait and see” how the injury responds to treatment before declaring a starter for this week’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.

“We’ll see how it responds in the next couple of days,” Chudzinski said Monday. “I think the next couple of days will give us a good indication on that.

“It’s the next morning. You don’t always get an indication on how quickly guys start feeling better. We will wait and see on Wednesday.”

Chudzinski said the team was “going to keep all of our options open” when it comes to quarterback. Behind Weeden, the Browns have veterans Jason Campbell and Brian Hoyer on the roster.

Campbell finished Sunday’s game and completed one pass for six yards. The nine-year veteran has started 71 games during his career with the Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders and Chicago Bears. He has completed nearly 61 percent of his passes for 14,682 yards and 76 touchdowns against 52 inceptions.

Hoyer, a former New England Patriot and Arizona Cardinal, has completed 57 of 96 pass attempts for 616 yards and two touchdowns.

“We’re really waiting on Brandon to see where he’s at and make the determination in the next few days with Brandon, and we’ll go from there,” Chudzinski said. “I’m confident in all the guys that we have. I think I mentioned that a few weeks back. We’ll put the guy out there that I feel like is going to give us the best chance on Sunday if it’s not Brandon.”

Regardless of who is under center, Chudzinski is focused on improving the team’s pass protection.

In two starts this year, Weeden has been sacked 11 times after not being hit once during the preseason.

“From a protection standpoint, that’s an issue,” Chudzinski said. “It’s been very challenging games for our line. We just need to get better and keep grinding. Like I mentioned, there is some improvement and some signs that we’re going in the right direction. We just have to continue to improve.

“(We have to) try to stay out of those obvious passing situations, number one. We’ve had a good plan. I think we can continue to work on that to give those guys some help in those areas. Then, they have to improve and get better from a technique standpoint and be able to produce and get it done.”

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