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The Cleveland Browns signed quarterback Alex Tanney off the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad, the team announced Tuesday.

Tanney, 26, will be on the active roster and will likely serve as Brandon Weeden's backup Sunday when the Browns (4-7) host the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9). Weeden is expected to start in place of Jason Campbell, who suffered a concussion in Sunday's 27-11 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

A 6-foot-3, 223-pound player in his second NFL season out of Monmouth (Ill.), Tanney spent all 12 weeks this season on the Cowboys' practice squad. During the preseason, Tanney completed 40 of 73 passes for 423 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012, Tanney spent last year on injured reserve with a finger injury.

With Tanney's signing, apparently the Browns will not sign veteran free-agent quarterback Caleb Hanie, who had worked out for the team.
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