Hoyer or Weeden? Browns not ready to name Week 4 starter

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BEREA, Ohio -- Brian Hoyer came out of obscurity to throw three touchdown passes and lead the Cleveland Browns to their first win of the season at Minnesota on Sunday, but he is not guaranteed an encore performance.

Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski surprised many when he named Hoyer the starting quarterback against the Vikings rather than Jason Campbell, and then declined to say Weeden would definitely get the starting job back when recovered from his thumb injury.

Hoyer justified Chudzinski's faith in him with three touchdown passes in a 31-27 victory Sunday. However, he also threw three interceptions.

The Browns (1-2) play host to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

"I'm going to wait to make a determination on that until I have all the information," Chudzinski said Monday. "From a process standpoint, what we do today is just evaluate the previous day's game, coach our guys and go through the corrections. Then we'll sit down later today and talk moving forward in terms of this next week's game. We'll find out from a health status where guys are."

Scoring was a struggle in the first two games with Weeden at quarterback. He had a handicap; Josh Gordon was suspended for both games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Gordon's return coincided with Hoyer's start. He caught a career-high 10 passes for 146 yards, including a touchdown on a 47-yard pass play. The Browns scored only one touchdown in a combined 24 possessions in their first two games. They scored touchdowns on their second and third possessions and 10 more points on their next two possessions at Minnesota.

Hoyer is mobile and was decisive when throwing the ball. He was successful despite the Browns playing without a legitimate No. 1 running back. Trent Richardson was traded to the Colts last week, and the Browns' running back-by-committee totaled 54 yards on 11 carries at Minnesota. While the average per carry was solid, Chris Ogbonnaya picked up 22 yards on one carry on third-and-30 from the Cleveland 6.

"Both the touchdowns he threw to me were in perfect spots, right over my shoulder where no one else could get it in an area that it's hard to throw those balls right on the sideline," tight end Jordan Cameron said of Hoyer. "He put it I the right spot. He definitely showed his accuracy."

--LB Jabaal Sheard has a left knee injury. He will be evaluated as the week goes on.

--K Billy Cundiff has a quadriceps injury. His status for Sunday's game against Cincinnati is uncertain.

--DE Billy Winn left the game in Minnesota with a quadriceps injury. His status for the Bengals game is unknown.
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