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QB question lingers for Browns

Posted Dec 2, 2013

With Brandon Weeden suffering a concussion in Sunday’s loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Cleveland Browns might encounter a sixth change at quarterback this season.

After completing 24 of 40 passes for a career-high 370 yards and three touchdowns against two interceptions in a 32-28 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday, Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden reported symptoms of a concussion.

According to a team spokesman, following an evaluation, Weeden was diagnosed with a concussion by the Browns’ medical staff, and his status has yet to be determined for this Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

“He has a concussion, so he’s in the NFL protocol,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski reported Monday. “We sent him home today. I don’t exactly know when it happened.”

Ironically, Weeden suffered the same injury that was responsible for him getting back into the starting lineup.

With more than seven minutes remaining in the third quarter of the 27-11 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 24, Jason Campbell was knocked out of the game when William Gay rushed in on a cornerback blitz and hit him in the helmet.

As the Steelers returned the fumble deep into Cleveland territory, Campbell remained down on the field. He was eventually helped to the sidelines with assistance from the Browns’ medical staff.

“Jason’s getting better,” Chudzinski said. “He’s been cleared for activity, not for practice. We’ll see how he progresses in the next couple days. It goes on a day-to-day basis.”

With Weeden and Campbell both going through the league’s concussion protocol, Chudzinski estimates that the team has two days to make a determination of whether either will be back for the Patriots game or if Alex Tanney will make his first NFL start.

“These next 24 to 48 hours will be key,” Chudzinski said. “We have a number of contingency plans, and we’ll see as we get more information how that plays out, but all of the possibilities are open right now.

“We can wait. We have a few days to let it sort out and we’ll have to know something by the time we get into practice time (Wednesday). If Alex is the guy, then, we’ll have him ready and have him working. We’ll have a package where he can be successful.”

MAKING THE PLAYS

In addition to providing updates on injuries to Weeden and Campbell, Chudzinski broke down the game against Jacksonville, and said “there’s no mystery” and “it’s not a matter of bad luck” that the Browns lost to the Jaguars.

“There’s tangible reasons why we lost that game,” Chudzinski said. “We made critical mistakes and breakdowns that we can control as coaches and as players. That’s the tough thing. There’s a lot of good things happening. I see good signs in the progress that this team is making in a lot of ways and the improvement there. Those things get overshadowed by the end results.”

LEADING THE WAY

After Sunday’s loss to the Jaguars, the Browns fell to 4-8 overall and trail the front-running Cincinnati Bengals by four games in the AFC North Division standings with four left to play in the remainder of the season.

“This is what I came here for,” Chudzinski said. “We have a plan. I believe in that plan, and I’ll navigate us through this to the better days that lay ahead for us. I’m fully committed and undaunted in doing that.”

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