With Weeden and Campbell concussed, Browns will likely turn to Alex Tanney

12/3/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

Dec 1, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Alex Tanney (7) warms up before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY SportsThe Cleveland Browns are in a tight spot. They are facing a quarterback problem at the moment as both their starting quarterback Brandon Weeden and first choice backup Jason Campbell are ruled out for game and practice for a while owing to concussions.
 
The Browns are scheduled to face the New England Patriots on Sunday. With a score of 9-3, the Patriots won’t be an easy target and for now, it seems that the Browns will have to resort to Alex Tanney to fill the position for the match. Tanney has not had a single start in the NFL so far and when the Browns go up against coach Bill Belichick’s Patriots, much will depend on how Tanney fares in his NFL debut.
 
With so much at stake and only few options, the Browns for now have their fingers crossed that they do not have to resort to Tanney and one of the quarterbacks might recover in time to return on the field. Weeden sustained a concussion in the loss to Jaguars last Sunday and Campbell so far has not recovered sufficiently to be cleared for practice either. Still, they have Tanney open as an option to go for.
 
Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said that the next two days would be critical to determine who would be in and who would be out. He added that the Browns weren’t out of options and had quite a few at their disposal.
 
“These next 24-48 hours will be key,” he said. “We have a number of contingency plans and we’ll see, as I get more information, how that plays out. But all of the possibilities are open right now.”
 
Tanney might not have started in the NFL but most people know his name from a video in which he performed several trickshots, including throwing footballs into moving vehicles and garbage cans. Some of those fancy moves might come in handy when he starts for the Browns against Patriots. Chudzinski said that they would have Tanney ready if he was the choice quarterback.
 
" If Alex (Tanney) is the guy, then we’ll have him ready and have him working and he’ll have a package that he can be successful with,'' he said.
 
Chudzinski added that the next two days would be critical to evaluate whether Weeden had recovered enough to come back to practice and be ready for Sunday or if Tanney would get the green light to start.
 
“Let’s let these next couple of days sort themselves out and we’ll look where everybody is at that point,'' Chudzinski said.
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