The Browns have two healthy quarterbacks right now, neither of whom have taken a snap for the team in a game as both have been added to the roster in the last two weeks.
Such a state of affairs makes it easy to understand why Browns coach Rob Chudzinski is keeping his options open at quarterback as long as he possibly can. Chudzinski said Wednesday that Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden are still waiting to get cleared for returns to practice by doctors after suffering concussions, leaving Caleb Hanie and Alex Tanney to take first team reps at practice on Wednesday.
Because Chudzinski hasn’t seen either player in action, he said at his press conference, via several Browns beat writers, that he will wait until Friday at the earliest before naming a starter for the game against the Patriots. Chudzinski said he could take it all the way to Sunday, especially if it looks like one or both of the experienced Browns quarterbacks will be able to play.
It’s usually gamesmanship when a coach won’t name a starting quarterback during the week before a game. Chudzinski’s being honest in this case, though, because there’s no advantage to gain with any of the four options on the roster.