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Cleveland Browns sign quarterback Caleb Hanie, who could start on Sunday

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Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski should contemplate handing out name tags to his quarterbacks to make sure he can identify them.

The Browns signed quarterback Caleb Hanie on Tuesday, according to the team's website, and he could start against the New England Patriots. Quarterbacks Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden are recovering from concussions, which prompted the Browns to sign Hanie.

If Hanie is forced to play on Sunday, he would join Brian Hoyer, Campbell and Weeden as Cleveland’s starters this season. Hoyer was 3-0 in his three starts before he sustained a season-ending ACL injury.

When Chudzinski was asked if his team could start a quarterback off the street before Tuesday’s signing, he did not rule out that possibility.

“All of the possibilities are open right now,'' Chudzinski told's Mary Kay Cabot.

Weeden suffered his concussion during Sunday's 32-28 loss against Jacksonville and Campbell suffered his Nov. 24 against the Steelers. There is still a chance Campbell could play on Sunday, but Hanie is Cleveland’s insurance policy.

Hanie spent four seasons as Jay Cutler’s backup in Chicago. He played behind Peyton Manning in Denver last year. Hanie is 0-4 as a starter during his NFL career.

It appears the “Angry Browns Fan” can add Hanie to his next melody.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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