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Weeden to the bench? Browns discussing

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BEREA, Ohio -- It may be time for a quarterback change in Cleveland based on merit rather than injury after Brandon Weeden struggled in a 31-17 loss to the Packers.

A change would mean benching Weeden in favor of Jason Campbell.

One week after his underhand backhand flip pass resulted in a critical interception in a 31-17 loss to the Detroit Lions, Weeden completed just 17 of 42 passes for 149 yards with one touchdown pass and one interception in a 31-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. The interception led to a Packers touchdown and a 14-0 Packers lead in the first quarter.

Weeden completed just 2 of 11 passes for 23 yards in the first quarter. His passer rating in the first quarter was an abysmal 1.7. By the time he threw a touchdown pass to Jordan Cameron in the fourth quarter, the Packers had a 24-13 lead.

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski did not turn to Campbell when Weeden suffered a sprained thumb in the second game and Weeden was made Brian Hoyer's backup in the game against Buffalo despite getting only one day of practice after recovering from his injury. So Campbell has been passed over twice.

Chudzinski said he did not consider a quarterback change in Green Bay, but during his press conference Monday said the coaches would meet later in the day to evaluate all positions.

"I'll stick with our process that we've had throughout, basically right now and up to this point, is about evaluating this last game," Chudzinski said."

Campbell was the backup and Hoyer the third quarterback the first two games. The Browns have been with only two quarterbacks since Hoyer suffered a torn ACL on Oct. 3.

"We'll look at it and evaluate everybody and see where we are," Chudzinski said. "We'll always put the guys out there we feel give us the best chance to win."

Campbell is 31-40 in 71 career NFL starts. He started one game with the Bears last year.

Chudzinski stressed that the struggles of the Browns' offense doesn't fall solely on Weeden.

"No, I think that our guys are looking at themselves, and we have plenty of places and plenty of opportunity to get better," Chudzinski said. "By no means is it one guy, and it certainly wasn't a perfect game by anybody. I don't sense that. Those guys know and I can guarantee that we're going to put the best guys out there and the guys that give us the best chance to win. That's what we'll always do."

Weeden wasn't helped on Sunday with multiple dropped passes and a ground game that managed 3.6 yards on 23 carries.

"I think that obviously can take some of the attention off of a quarterback. I think we've made strides in that area," Chudzinski said of the ground game. "I think we're doing better in that area. It's not where you'd like it to be, and we need to continue to make progress, but the more balance you can have obviously helps everyone involved."

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