Browns sign QB Caleb Hanie with Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden injured
The Browns had the worst luck with quarterbacks this season and have been continuously shuffling at the position. Most recently, the Browns started Brandon Weeden in Sunday’s ugly loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he was knocked out of the game with a concussion. The Browns were already down one starting-caliber quarterback since Jason Campbell is dealing with a concussion suffered in the Week 12 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Backup Brian Hoyer is also unavailable since he was placed on the injured reserve with a torn ACL earlier this October.
The only other healthy quarterback on the Browns’ roster is trick-shot artist Alex Tanney. who has never thrown a pass in the NFL to this point. The Browns signed Tanney off the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad last week, after they held a workout for Caleb Hanie. Now, the two can end up competing for playing time – and not just a roster spot – this week.
Hanie has some starting experience from his time in Chicago, when he took over from an injured Jay Cutler for four games in 2011. So, Hanie could be their best option to roll out as a starter in Week 14, if none of their previous starters get clearance. But the Bears went 0-4 under Hanie in 2011, and slid from a playoffs contender to a team that was irrelevant in the postseason.
The six-year pro spent 2012 with the Denver Broncos, as one of Peyton Manning’s backup. But he did not see a single live snap that season. Hanie then signed with the Baltimore Ravens in spring, but lost the quarterback battle for the backup job to Tyrod Taylor during the 2013 preseason.
Meanwhile, Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said that while Jason Campbell has been cleared for team activities, he hasn’t received the green light for practice.
As for Weeden, Chudzinski told reporters that while the quarterback was in the building Monday morning, he was sent home. Weeden cannot see game action until he passes the league-mandated concussion tests. Both will likely be among the Browns’ inactives come Sunday, when they travel to play the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.