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Chudzinski: QB situation 'very fluid'

Posted Dec 4, 2013

Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski called the quarterback situation “very fluid” leading up to Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots.

The Cleveland Browns began their on-field preparations for Sunday’s road game against the New England Patriots on Wednesday, but coach Rob Chudzinski has not yet named a starting quarterback for the contest at Gillette Stadium.

With Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell still recovering from concussions, Chudzinski and the Browns will have veteran Caleb Hanie and Alex Tanney take practice snaps while the other two continue to heal. The coach said he planned to name the starter “later in the week,” adding the decision-making process could “go right up to game day.”

“It’s a very fluid situation, unique, one that I haven’t necessarily been around,” Chudzinski said. “Right now, as we stand, Campbell and Weeden have both been cleared for activity, not for practice. It’s too difficult to know exactly when they’ll be cleared through the process.

“It’s something that I haven’t done before, but I think we have a plan to address that. We’ll tailor the package to whichever guy ends up being the starter to what they can do and to what is going to be effective, hopefully, versus New England.”

Chudzinski said he is “hopeful” the Browns would have all of their quarterbacks available before the game.

“I think we’ll get a better sense, though, as we get into practice and those guys are getting the reps, and we can go either direction once we get into that and get a feeling one way or the other,” he said. “At this point, I will keep all the options open.”

Hanie is a six-year veteran who has completed 59 of 116 attempts (50.9 percent) for 679 yards and three touchdowns against 10 interceptions in 10 career games, but has not taken a snap since the 2011 regular season with the Chicago Bears.

Tanney is in his second season after spending his first on Kansas City’s injured reserve list because of an injured finger on his throwing hand. He then spent the first 12 weeks of the 2013 season on the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys.

Chudzinski said he will use practice to make a decision on Hanie and Tanney, should neither Weeden nor Campbell be ready to start.

“We’ll work both (Hanie) and Tanney today in practice, and get a look at those guys,” he said. “It’ll be a good opportunity to see them running our plays and preparing with our game plan to play New England.

“We’d like to see more of them and see them actually doing and going through the course of the game plan this week. We just haven’t had a big, long look at (Tanney). Last week, he primarily worked with the scout team, got a few snaps and we did a few things after practice on air. Both of these guys will get an opportunity. We’ll look at them, and we’ll make a determination.”

BOUNCING BACK

Weeden started against the Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday because of the concussion Campbell suffered in a 27-11 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers the week before. Despite three turnovers in the final two minutes of the first half, Weeden engineered a pair of touchdown drives, including a 95-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Josh Gordon in the fourth quarter.

“He did some good things in the game, made some good reads, great throws,” Chudzinski said. “He obviously hung in the game, and we regrouped at halftime. I think it says a lot about him and his resiliency coming back in the second half and doing the things that he did. We have to keep working on those critical mistakes and knocking those out.”

INJURY UPDATE

In addition to updates on Weeden and Campbell, Chudzinski said linebackers Craig Robertson (knee) and Tank Carder (shoulder) will be back at practice on Wednesday.