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Brian Hoyer to start for Browns this week

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There are apparently enough concerns about Brandon Weeden’s thumb that the Browns are making a change well in advance.

And it might not be the change many were expecting.

The Browns announced via their Twitter account (with a charming use of BREAKING) that Brian Hoyer would start this week against the Vikings, leapfrogging Jason Campbell.

Weeden’s getting an MRI on the thumb, but the team denied the precise medical diagnosis of “really screwed up.”

Hoyer started one game for the Cardinals last year, but has long been a favorite of Browns General Manager Mike Lombardi for all the potential he showed in three preseasons with the Patriots.

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  1. ibreathefootball says: Sep 18, 2013 9:43 AM

    Everyone hurry, it’s time to pick up Vikings defense in Fantasy Football! lol

  2. relggigeht says: Sep 18, 2013 9:43 AM

    The one and only team the Steelers may be able to beat this season. Keep up the good work, Cleveland:)

  3. ccjcsr says: Sep 18, 2013 9:46 AM

    0-3

    #seasonsover

  4. wearethesteelers says: Sep 18, 2013 9:46 AM

    There has never been a happy day in Cleveland.

  5. coonsqualler says: Sep 18, 2013 9:47 AM

    I can’t believe we have a QB competition AGAIN! Weeden didn’t drop 5 passes! Richardson can’t run through the backs of the O-line when there are no holes to run through! Just don’t understand what my team does year in and year out! Pathetic! And Logicalvoice…your team’s not any better!!

    Just Sayin’…Go Brownies!!

  6. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 18, 2013 9:48 AM

    Well, if the Vikes win, we will hear how they defeated the mighty Browns and are back on track for the Super Bowl.

    The fans will be crazy again, all 9 of them returning to PFT and claiming the Browns can’t use the injury excuse, even though that’s what every Vikes fan did just that after the playoffs last year.

    Be prepared.

  7. bucrightoff says: Sep 18, 2013 9:52 AM

    Start planning the parade!

  8. brownmud says: Sep 18, 2013 9:52 AM

    Same old story, different cast of people for my Browns. It’s hard loving this team.

    Go Browns.

  9. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 18, 2013 9:52 AM

    If the Vikes beat the mighty Browns, that will prove they are back on track for the Super Bowl. And don’t try to use that injury excuse! That’s ours.

  10. gbmickey says: Sep 18, 2013 9:56 AM

    Viking fans are once again dancing in the streets because of another teams misfortune. Cant imagine how nice it would be if they lost this game and the few remaining trolls will be gone. Has anyone seen a fanbase desert their team as quickly as the viking fans (bandwagon) have done in here?

  11. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 18, 2013 9:56 AM

    Hoyer had so little playing time with the Pats its hard to judge how he’ll do. Doesn’t bode well for Cleveland though I think.

  12. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 18, 2013 9:57 AM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    Sep 18, 2013 9:52 AM
    If the Vikes beat the mighty Browns, that will prove they are back on track for the Super Bowl. And don’t try to use that injury excuse! That’s ours.

    —-

    This was great.

  13. patsbrat says: Sep 18, 2013 9:59 AM

    Wishing Hoyer success…

  14. pooflingingmonkey says: Sep 18, 2013 10:06 AM

    You know your team sucks when your third string quarterback may in fact be your best one.

    The Browns have perfected the fine art of being a horrible franchise.

  15. jesse1834 says: Sep 18, 2013 10:09 AM

    Hoyer, Campbell, Weeden…it does not matter which of these QB’s start. Browns are playing for Boyd, Bridgewater or Maziel

  16. barroomhero80 says: Sep 18, 2013 10:09 AM

    Fudgepacker trolls talking about other people trolling lol. That’s all the peckers do is troll

  17. dawgpoundjedi says: Sep 18, 2013 10:11 AM

    The fact that Campbell didn’t get the start just goes to show that our coaching staff is handcuffed by our power hungry front office duo of Banner and Lombardi. The cuts right after the fourth preseason game hinted at it, and this is more proof.

    We Browns fans can’t win for trying. Oh well… this year is a win-win. Either one of the guys on our roster is a legit starter, or we’re awful again and we finally put ourselves in a position to get a great QB in a QB-strong draft next year.

    Hopefully, anyways!

  18. audient says: Sep 18, 2013 10:12 AM

    Banner and Lombardi are building the team and it is obviously a work in progress, especially on the offense. They pretty much know what they have in Jason Campbell, he’s had plenty of starts around the league. And it isn’t like Campbell moved the team down the field to a game tying score against the Ravens. Why not see what Brian Hoyer can do? It may be unlikely, but what if he is the answer? He probably isn’t, but play him and see. Go Browns!

  19. chrisbermanpleasegoaway says: Sep 18, 2013 10:12 AM

    ibreathefootball says: Sep 18, 2013 9:43 AM

    Everyone hurry, it’s time to pick up Vikings defense in Fantasy Football! lol

    So they weren’t going to start the Vikes against Weeden? Come on man.

    I will guarantee you Hoyer can do no worse and might even surprise some folks.

  20. knowerofallthings says: Sep 18, 2013 10:12 AM

    Why would he announce this now? You’re supposed to keep the opponent guessing – duh!

  21. fumbleprone says: Sep 18, 2013 10:12 AM

    I think people are going to be shocked by how good hoyer really is. I honestly believed Hoyer was the better QB over mallet..Of course mallet’s potential far surpasses hoyer.

    I still remember the texans game at the end of the season where we were getting blown out and they took brady out and hoyer almost won us the game.

  22. southpaw2k says: Sep 18, 2013 10:13 AM

    Different players, new coaching staff every couple years, and new ownership. Yet the same results, with the occasional fluky season like 2007 mixed in. If the Cleveland Browns franchise isn’t cursed, I don’t know what is.

  23. brownoholic says: Sep 18, 2013 10:15 AM

    I can’t believe we have a QB competition AGAIN! Weeden didn’t drop 5 passes!

    ——————————————————-

    Did you miss out on Weeden getting too hurt to play?

    I would have gone w/ Hoyer too, but I’d feel a LOT better if he hadn’t only played w/ scrubs in the preseason.

    Campbell has looked like garbage in camp, preseason & at the end of the Rats game. Oh yeah, and before the brass decided to pick him up, too . . .

    I knew we were still in rebuiding mode, but had no idea we’d be able to get a good QB in the next draft w/out even trading up. Silver lining, I guess…

  24. zam0854 says: Sep 18, 2013 10:16 AM

    Another QB from the state of Ohio to fail! B Hoyer may be out in the 1st half.

  25. jlinatl says: Sep 18, 2013 10:21 AM

    Browns front office personnel was reportedly at the Texas A&M-Alabama game.

    Maybe the REALLY liked Johnny Football.

  26. canadianvikingfaniii says: Sep 18, 2013 10:27 AM

    Well with the way the defence has been playing, Hoyer could light them up for 300+ yards and 2+ tds easily. I’m hoping we can at least establish some sort of rhythm on offence, and not have these constant 3 and outs.

    Side note: since the start of his career as a Viking, has anyone else noticed if the defence creates a turnover, Ponder has this NEED to cause one of his own on the next drive? ie: Cutler throws a pick, then Ponder throws one. Someone needs to teach him that isn’t how we try to win.

  27. Kaz says: Sep 18, 2013 10:27 AM

    ccjcsr says:
    Sep 18, 2013 9:46 AM
    0-3

    #seasonsover
    _______

    Did the season ever began for Brown fans. Sheesh.

  28. bnn52 says: Sep 18, 2013 10:28 AM

    First off, as browns fans lets hope that Hoyer is a hidden gem of a QB, not saying that he is, but we can hope. I am sick of a QB competition year in and year out, and then starting over by drafting a qb and throwing him right to the wolves.

    We all know that the upper managment wasn’t high on Weeden (no pun intended) to begin with, so with him being hurt, why not see what Hoyer can do. We all have seen Campbell play before and he is nothing to write home about.

    The only thing giving the Browns a chance to win this week is their run defense and the fact that Christian Ponder is running the team across the field from us.

  29. brownoholic says: Sep 18, 2013 10:29 AM

    Manziel will be lucky to make it anywhere in the NFL. Cleveland would kill his future the second they drafted him.

    Give me Bridgewater, the kid from UCLA or even Boyd in the first round, please.

  30. valhallarising says: Sep 18, 2013 10:31 AM

    gbmickey says: Sep 18, 2013 9:56 AM

    “Cant imagine how nice it would be if they lost this game and the few remaining trolls will be gone.”

    Ironic…

  31. rowdymon says: Sep 18, 2013 10:34 AM

    Always thought teams should have gone after Hoyer in the past. Don’t know if he is the answer, but with our current o-line, at least we have a QB that can rollout.

  32. gallogj says: Sep 18, 2013 10:36 AM

    Why do I feel that I’ve seen this story before? Holcomb was a big rocket arm with no accuracy…Weeden is a big rocket arm with no accuracy. Quinn was an Ohio kid…Hoyer is an Ohio kid. I was excited about the “local kid does great” story that would play out if he leads the team to the playoffs back when Quinn took over. We all know how that story ended. Hopefully this has a happier ending. Would love to see a local kid take us to the promised land…just not counting on it. Got burned by optimism the first time around.

  33. 4512dawg4512 says: Sep 18, 2013 10:36 AM

    Finally we get Gordon back and we lose Weeden. Good god, the curse continues

  34. joewilliesshnoz says: Sep 18, 2013 10:36 AM

    I’d take the Browns over the Steelers if they played this week.

  35. brownoholic says: Sep 18, 2013 10:36 AM

    with the way the defence has been playing, Hoyer could light them up for 300+ yards and 2+ tds easily. I’m hoping we can at least establish some sort of rhythm on offence, and not have these constant 3 and outs.

    ——————————————————-

    The right side of our O-Line will be a turnstile until our right guard heals, but we DO get our #1 receiver, Josh Gordon, back from suspension. Things MIGHT improve, but I’m not holding my breath.

    Also, our front 7 is tearing it up, although they haven’t faced an Adrian Peterson yet. The key to Ponder’s success will be throwing at any corner not named Joe Haden.

  36. immafubared says: Sep 18, 2013 10:37 AM

    Gee ya think the Vikes will turn loose the pass rush?
    They have to be drooling about getting back on track against the mighty Browns.
    This team was close to being a contender but never pulled the trigger with a top QB. All of them were so so or also rans.
    Now the team is falling apart again and its starts over for the fans.

  37. gallogj says: Sep 18, 2013 10:39 AM

    I said Holcomb…but meant Anderson. All of these sucky QBs are running together in my mind.

  38. kosarkid says: Sep 18, 2013 10:41 AM

    I was actually hoping that Hoyer would leapfrog Campbell. We’ve seen more of Campbell in the league. Might as well play the guy with more (cough, cough) upside. Just hope we don’t get Johnny Football in the draft this year.

  39. marvin216 says: Sep 18, 2013 10:43 AM

    It seems as if no matter who comes in Cleveland to run the team, its always the same results! You are going to bypass the Jason Campbell (The 2nd String QB) for Hoyer!? WTF!
    So, week 3 and the organization is ready to tank the season?
    Seriously,I do not know why I am a Browns fan.

  40. jw1991 says: Sep 18, 2013 10:45 AM

    Poor Browns….However, I do think Hoyer may surprise some. We’ll see.

  41. brownoholic says: Sep 18, 2013 10:46 AM

    You are going to bypass the Jason Campbell (The 2nd String QB) for Hoyer!? WTF!
    ——————————————————-

    How much have you watched of them in Browns’ uniforms? I’m guessing not a second . . .

  42. shackdelrio says: Sep 18, 2013 10:48 AM

    Back off Browns. Bridgewater is going to be a Jaguar.

  43. beardinals says: Sep 18, 2013 10:52 AM

    Hoyer looked like the only NFL QB on the Cardinals last year.

  44. darkneptune73 says: Sep 18, 2013 10:52 AM

    Someone must win the game! Which 0-2 team will get that?

    coughMenInPurplecough

    Of course, watch freaking Musgrave to be conservative again.

  45. threedeep1998 says: Sep 18, 2013 10:55 AM

    lol at Tokyosandblaster and gbmickey for coming on here trashing “Vikings trolls”. The irony is rich.

    Don’t you have cows to tip?

  46. kane337 says: Sep 18, 2013 10:58 AM

    SoB – Same ole Browns

  47. coltzfan166 says: Sep 18, 2013 11:03 AM

    How in the world did Campbell get passed over? He actually played pretty good in the preseason. Is he injured again, too?

  48. christophershearin says: Sep 18, 2013 11:21 AM

    Teddy Bridgewater, welcome to cleveland. Where we will most certainly ruin your career.

  49. christophershearin says: Sep 18, 2013 11:22 AM

    How many starting QBs will that be since our rebirth? 20?

  50. brownspower says: Sep 18, 2013 11:28 AM

    Weeden is done as the starter in Cleveland and it has nothing to do with his thumb. He is, in effect, being benched because Norv and Chud have seen enough. Lombardi has always been high on Hoyer and has Banner’s ear and his approval. The Vikings are a good team to go against for his first game so the change is being made now. I expect Hoyer will start the next 14 games. The results will dictate how we draft next year.

  51. fredsingleton says: Sep 18, 2013 11:31 AM

    gbmickey says:
    Sep 18, 2013 9:56 AM
    Viking fans are once again dancing in the streets because of another teams misfortune. Cant imagine how nice it would be if they lost this game and the few remaining trolls will be gone. Has anyone seen a fanbase desert their team as quickly as the viking fans (bandwagon) have done in here?

    ________________________

    It’s funny how you mention Vikings fans as trolls…yet you’re on a Browns article ripping on the Vikings as a Packers fan.

    Wow you really must have no life. Oh and by the way, Packers aren’t going anywhere this year.

  52. gallogj says: Sep 18, 2013 11:33 AM

    It’s all the same…only the names have changed:

    Derek Anderson = Big arm no accuracy
    Replaced by Ohio Kid = Charlie Frye – FAILED

    Derek Anderson = Still big arm no accuracy
    Replaced by Ohio Kid = Brady Quinn – FAILED

    Brandon Weeden = Big arm no accuracy
    Replaced by Ohio Kid = Brian Hoyer – TBD

  53. hehateme2 says: Sep 18, 2013 11:36 AM

    southpaw2k says: Sep 18, 2013 10:13 AM
    Different players, new coaching staff every couple years, and new ownership. Yet the same results, with the occasional fluky season like 2007 mixed in. If the Cleveland Browns franchise isn’t cursed, I don’t know what is-

    the jet franchise is your answer.

  54. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 18, 2013 11:50 AM

    patsbrat says:Sep 18, 2013 9:59 AM

    Wishing Hoyer success…
    ______

    You know the old saying. Wish in one hand…

  55. whatnojets says: Sep 18, 2013 12:03 PM

    Hmmmm……Jets schedule includes the Browns and Steelers…..maybe just maybe we will get about 6 wins total!!!

    Whoopppieee!!!

  56. earpaniac says: Sep 18, 2013 12:07 PM

    After watching Campbell play for my Bears last year, you might as well see what Hoyer can do. Maybe he can realize that some of his receivers run routes more than 3 yards downfield unlike Captain Checkdown.

  57. ballboy48 says: Sep 18, 2013 12:13 PM

    Wow…All these Steelers trolls on here hating on the Browns. Just wait until PIT is 0-5 and they sell only 51,000 tickets like they did for the last game of the 2012 season against Cleveland. The Wheels are falling off the wagon Steelers fans, and a whole bunch of fans are off.

    Steelers fans always talk about the past, but if you want to bring up the past bring it all up. The 33 years they were consistantly terrible, the fact that it actually took up until 2006 or 2007 to match the head to head against CLE, or the fact that we use to walk up to Three Rivers Stadium and buy tickets the day of because they couldn’t sell a game out. You never hear Cleveland fans brag that they actually have 8 championships, even though it wasn’t called the “Super Bowl”. They have real fans that show up every year, regardless of how bad their team is.

  58. ballboy48 says: Sep 18, 2013 12:17 PM

    Didn’t Hoyer play well against San Francisco last year?

  59. longcutskolvikes says: Sep 18, 2013 12:21 PM

    “Viking fans are once again dancing in the streets because of another teams misfortune. Cant imagine how nice it would be if they lost this game and the few remaining trolls will be gone. Has anyone seen a fanbase desert their team as quickly as the viking fans (bandwagon) have done in here?”

    Hi gbmickey. You must be one of those Packers fans that wasn’t alive when they had to play in two different cities just to get enough people to attend games. That being said, for all of the insults I could hurl in your direction I would never accuse Packer fans of being “fair weather”. Many obviously aren’t. I will however ask you why so many ‘Sconies are jumping off the Badger State bandwagon and fleeing to Minnesota? Is it out of fear of the Hodag?

  60. tokyosandb1aster says: Sep 18, 2013 12:26 PM

    gbmickey says:
    Sep 18, 2013 9:56 AM
    Packer fans are once again dancing with our pants around our ankles because of another teams misfortune. Cant imagine how nice it would be if all my few remaining troll buddies would just join in!
    ——————————————-
    You need help.

  61. Patskrieg dot com says: Sep 18, 2013 12:29 PM

    That’s the sound of everyone quietly dragging Gordon back to the fantasy bench.

  62. jrs45 says: Sep 18, 2013 12:49 PM

    Zam0854,

    Another QB from the state of Ohio to fail! B Hoyer may be out in the 1st half.
    —————————————————-

    You’re right. They could use these Ohio qbs.

    Len Dawson
    Jim Harbaugh
    Roger Stabauch
    Ben Roethlisberger
    Bernie Kosar

    Combine for 6 SB’s.

  63. purpleguy says: Sep 18, 2013 12:50 PM

    I wonder if Green Bay fans look in the mirror before going to bed at night (while sucking in their gut) and honestly think their lives are fulfilled because the most honest thing they can repeatedly say about their lives is that they are better NFL fans than another fan base?

  64. chiadam says: Sep 18, 2013 12:54 PM

    Hoyer Vs. Ponder in an epic battle to set football back 100 years.

  65. tokyosandb1aster says: Sep 18, 2013 1:12 PM

    purpleguy says:
    Sep 18, 2013 12:50 PM
    I wonder if Green Bay fans look in the mirror before going to bed at night (while sucking in their gut) and honestly think their lives are fulfilled because the most honest thing they can repeatedly say about their lives is that they are better NFL fans than another fan base?
    ——————–
    Actually, no. We think our lives are fulfilled because: 1) we are usually drunk, 2) couch stains can easily be hidden with old Packer blankets, and 3) we have Applebee’s up here.

  66. thetooloftools says: Sep 18, 2013 1:26 PM

    Colt McCoy fails and it’s because he sucks. Weeden has better weapons and nobody blames Weeden. We deserve to get smashed. Weeden is not a leader. His own players hate him only they can’t say it.

  67. swilderbeast says: Sep 18, 2013 1:26 PM

    gbmickey says:
    Sep 18, 2013 9:56 AM
    Viking fans are once again dancing in the streets because of another teams misfortune…..
    ——————————
    Pot calling the kettle black. Do you happen to remember when the Mayor of GB gave Nate Poole the key to the city?

  68. eatitfanboy says: Sep 18, 2013 1:45 PM

    What this tells me is who is making the personnel decisions up there. Not just who makes the roster, but who actually plays.

    No coach would pick a guy like Hoyer in an emergency start over an experienced veteran like Campbell, even if Hoyer was looking better in practice. Coaches just don’t think that way. They love experienced back ups. That the only reason retreads like Campbell keep getting jobs.

    No, this edict came down straight from Lombardi/Banner. No question about it.

  69. seanpbeck says: Sep 18, 2013 1:56 PM

    Go Legend, young man. Go Legend.

  70. clebrowns216 says: Sep 18, 2013 2:10 PM

    Is it just me or does this move to play Hoyer over Campbell imply that the team is just shutting it down for the year? And at week 3 thats a record for even the Browns.

    For the record, Weeden was FAR from the biggest problem in our first 2 games. In fact he played pretty well against Baltimore even though he had Suggs and Dumervil in his lap every play. Greg Little personally dropped about 3 first downs and others did as well. Our receivers just arent getting separation, and when Weeden actually fits the ball in they drop it.

    How about we start actually blaming someone besides the QB. Like maybe the RB we took 3rd overall. Richardson has gotten through his young NFL career COMPLETELY based on his college career. Everyone talks about Trent like he is some beast, which he hasnt shown AT ALL in the NFL. He has 2 runs of 20+ yards. Are you kidding me!?

    Its about time we start blaming the right people. The O-Line, RB, and WRs have given Weeden absolutely NO help. Its absurd. Not that Weeden doesnt deserve blame because he does, but he has played better than 90% of the other offensive players.

    And by the way people, pick up the Vikings D! The Browns offense has looked pitiful with our 1st string QB. Now with our 3rd stringer in, who doesnt fit our system at all, it should be a huge day for the Vikings D.

  71. kwjsb says: Sep 18, 2013 2:34 PM

    For you Tebow lovers, not even Jesus could win with these receivers and the right side of this line.

  72. kingfish2013 says: Sep 18, 2013 3:40 PM

    Weeden was not their pick.They gave him a chance, the offense is still stagnate. Now try Hoyer.Please for the love of God can we just set ourselves up for the draft by righting off this season like the Colts did for Luck instead of winning the last couple of meaningless games of the season because everyone is afraid of losing their job.Please! That way we don’t give up a fortune like Washington just did and are soon to regret

  73. trickbunny says: Sep 18, 2013 4:37 PM

    I actually like this move. The Browns, in the last several years, have seemed to have this ill-advised sense of obligation to pecking order when it comes to players- In other words, they spend way too much time starting players who are a joke and often have someone more skilled and less mistake prone on the bench behind them— but they keep playing the starter- regardless of performance- because the starter is getting paid starter money. That tells me they’re embarrassed about giving starting jobs to some of the wrong guys and want to “save face” by continuing to play them- regardless of having a 2nd or 3rd stringer who may be a diamond in the rough and deserves the chance.

    Jason Campbell is a proven loser and Hoyer looked better in the preseason- playing against other 3rd stringers, no doubt- But he still deserves a chance over a guy like Campbell, for whom it is well established over a course of years, just plain sucks every time he sees the field.

  74. edawg7l says: Sep 18, 2013 6:22 PM

    Same old situation – I get my hopes up during preseason and give up after a couple weeks. When Cleveland lost the franchise, I was crushed. If I knew they would come back and be a huge joke, I would never have pulled for them to get a team in 99.

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