Browns to Start Third-String Quarterback Against Vikings

The Cleveland Browns will start third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer against the Minnesota Vikings after Brandon Weeden sprained the thumb on his throwing hand last week.

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski told Hoyer today that he’d be given the Sept. 22 start over backup Jason Campbell.

“I feel like based on where we are offensively that Brian’s strengths are the best fit this week and he gives us the best chance to win,” Chudzinski said at a news conference.

It will be the second career National Football League start for the 27-year-old Hoyer, an undrafted free agent from Michigan State who previously played with the New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals. He made a start for the Cardinals last year, throwing for 225 yards, one touchdown and one interception in a loss at San Francisco.

Campbell, 31, has made 71 NFL starts. He took over at quarterback for one series in last week’s 14-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens after Weeden injured his thumb when he struck a teammate’s helmet after throwing a pass.

Chudzinski said Weeden will follow up with a hand specialist tomorrow and the team probably will have a better idea of how long he’ll be out later this week.

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