Browns QB Brandon Weeden Likely Out Week 3
By Allen Kim
Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal reports that QB Brandon Weeden is likely to sit out of the Cleveland Browns’ Week 3 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings with a sprained right thumb. The injury occurred in the fourth quarter of the Browns’ loss to the Baltimore Ravens when Weeden’s hand hit a helmet, and he was replaced by Jason Campbell.
“It was tough to put pressure on the ball,” Weeden said. “It hurts. Doesn’t feel too good.”
The X-ray came back negative, and the team scheduled Weeden for an MRI yesterday. While the Browns didn’t reveal the results of the MRI, the injury is bad enough that he probably won’t be behind center this Sunday.
“We’re really waiting on Brandon to kind of see where he’s at and make the determination in the next few days with Brandon, and we’ll go from there,” coach Rob Chudzinski said. “I’m going to keep all our options open right now. Obviously we have two options, and that’s Jason and Brian both.
“I’m confident in all the guys that we have. 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.”
Weeden has been awful in two starts this year, but he’s still a better option behind center than Jason Campbell or Brian Hoyer. Campbell has been nothing more than a backup for years now, while Hoyer only has one career starter under his belt.
“We’re all on the same team,” said Campbell. “Whatever the situation is, you have to be a pro, and that’s how I approach it. There’s things that you can’t control, things that you can. In these situations, you be supportive as much as possible. We don’t know what’s the status of Weeden yet. Also, I don’t know the status of my own position just yet. So the only thing I can do is just keep preparing and just trying to stay focused as best as possible and not worry about those things.”
Regardless of whoever starts at quarterback, things are looking bleak for a Browns team that showed some promise leading up to the start of the season. With Josh Gordon returning from suspension, he’ll certainly give the team’s offense a boost. And the team might finally give RB Trent Richardson, arguably their best offensive weapon, the carries he deserves and ride him as their workhorse back.