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Going with Hoyer

September 25, 2013 - Mike McLain
CLEVELAND - To the surprise of absolutely no one, Browns coach Rob Chudzinski named Brian Hoyer the starting quarterback for Sunday's home game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Brandon Weeden still hasn't thrown since spraining his right thumb Sept. 15 against the Baltimore Ravens. It's doubtful Chudzinski would have gone with Weeden if he had been cleared by doctors to play.

Hoyer will be making his third career start and first before the hometown fans at First Energy Stadium. He is a North Olmsted native and a graduate of St. Ignatius High School.

“When you’re out there, that’s not what you’re thinking about,” Hoyer said of playing at home. “To me, it really doesn’t matter who’s in the stands or who’s at home watching, as far as friends and family and things like that, because I have much bigger things to worry about when I’m out there.”

Chudzinski claims that he will re-think the quarterback position when Weeden is healthy. It's hard to envision a scenario in which Weeden would start, unless Hoyer's future performances are bad.

“Like I’ve said all along, we’ll approach it on a week-to-week basis and see where everybody is at,” Chudzinski said. “We’ll make the best decision for what I determine gives us the best chance to win."


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