With Campbell out, it’s Weeden, part III
BEREA, OHIO | The Browns are down to one quarterback — one healthy, though very shaken quarterback who has become a target for Cleveland fans.
With Jason Campbell being treated for a concussion, Brandon Weeden, twice benched this season and a lightning rod for fan anger, will likely start this week against Jacksonville.
Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said Campbell is following the NFL’s protocol on head injuries after he was hurt in Sunday’s 27-11 loss to Pittsburgh.
Campbell was knocked to the ground by blitzing Steelers cornerback William Gay, who came unblocked off the edge and delivered a blow to the quarterback’s facemask with his left hand. As he fell, Campbell also banged his head onto the frozen ground.
The play was not caught by referee Terry McAulay or anyone in his crew for a penalty. Chudzinski, who plans to submit the play to the league office for review, said he was told by officials during the game that they thought Campbell was struck in the shoulder.
“It doesn’t seem like they miss that call very much,” outside linebacker Paul Kruger said Monday.
Campbell has not been ruled out of this week’s game, but Chudzinski said “chances are” Weeden, who began the season as Cleveland’s starter, will get the nod against the Jaguars.
Weeden is the only quarterback on Cleveland’s roster, but Chudzinski said the Browns (4-7) will likely add a backup in the next few days. Teams typically work out players on Tuesday before signing them.
The team will reportedly bring in free agent Caleb Hanie for a tryout. A former backup with Chicago and Denver, the 28-year-old was released by Baltimore before the season.
Campbell came to the Browns’ training facility Monday before he was sent home. 8 minutes 22 seconds left in the third quarter Sunday.
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Tight end Jordan Cameron stands over Jason Campbell after the Cleveland QB was hurt in the third quarter Sunday.