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Another day; another QB
December 3, 2013 - Mike McLain
CLEVELAND -- The Browns took another step to shore up their battered quarterback position Tuesday with the signing of Caleb Hanie.
Hanie, who played at Colorado State, was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted rookie in 2008 and spent four seasons with the team. He was the Denver Broncos' third quarterback last season and was in the camp of the Baltimore Ravens this year.
Hanie will instantly be the first option after Alex Tanney, who was signed last week after Jason Campbell suffered a concussion. Brandon Weeden, who started for Campbell last Sunday against the Jaguars, also suffered a concussion.
Neither Campbell or Weeden has been cleared to practice. If neither is able to practice Wednesday, it's likely that Tanney will get the start Sunday on the road against the New England Patriots.
That would match Tanney, who's never appeared in a regular-season game, against Tom Brady, who's headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It's safe to say the Patriots are a heavy favorite.
EA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns on Tuesday signed QB Caleb Hanie. In addition, the team placed LB Brandon Magee (pectoral) on injured reserve. Hanie is a 6-2, 222-pound veteran in his sixth NFL season out of Colorado State. He has appeared in 10 career games with four starts. Hanie has completed 59 of 116 passes (50.9 percent) for 679 yards with three touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Chicago in 2008, Hanie spent four years with the Bears. Last year, he was the third quarterback for Denver for all 16 games. He spent training camp this season with the Ravens. He finished his career at CSU fifth in Mountain West history with 39 touchdown passes and seventh with 6,523 total yards. A native of Forney, Texas, he graduated from Forney High School. Magee appeared in eight games and recorded three special-teams tackles.
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