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Weeden has concussion; Browns debate QB position

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BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns could be on the verge of starting their fourth quarterback this season and making their fifth change at the position since the start of the season.

Brandon Weeden started and played the entire game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, but after the 32-28 loss he reported to team doctors and was diagnosed with a concussion. He was not treated for concussion-like symptoms on the sideline during the game and apparently never mentioned to doctors or trainers that he did not feel well.

Weeden, the starting quarterback at the beginning of the season, started against the Jaguars because Jason Campbell was out with a concussion sustained the previous week in the loss to the Steelers. Not only was Campbell held out of practice all week leading up to the Jacksonville game, but each day after reporting to team headquarters he was sent home to rest. The good news is he is improving.

"Jason is getting better," Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said Monday. "He's been cleared for activity, but not practice. We'll see how he progresses in the next couple days.

"These next 24 to 48 hours will be key. We have a number of contingency plans. We'll see as we get more information how that plays out, but all the possibilities are open right now."

Weeden was sent home Monday. If he is not cleared to play and Campbell remains out, the starting job next Sunday in New England could go to Alex Tanney, who was signed last Wednesday because of the injury to Campbell.

Chudzinski did not rule out signing a veteran free agent quarterback.

The quarterback rotation for the Browns has been as follows: Weeden two starts (thumb injury); Brian Hoyer three starts (knee injury); Weeden two starts (benched for ineffectiveness); Campbell four starts (concussion), and Weeden one start.

The Browns have lost six of seven games, and the constant changing of quarterbacks is part of the reason.

Weeden turned the ball over three times in the final 2:47 of the first half in the Jacksonville game. The two interceptions and one fumble led to 13 Jacksonville points and a 20-14 Jaguars lead at halftime.

Chudzinski could have turned to Tanney at halftime but did not because he decided Tanney could not help much after having just three days of practice. At a bare minimum, Tanney might take the first-team reps Wednesday.

"The more time (Tanney) gets and the more practice he gets, obviously, he'll be more exposed to the offense and be able to run more offense," Chudzinski said.

Notes: Wide receiver Josh Gordon, whose name was prominently mentioned before the trade deadline, set a Browns record when he had 237 yards receiving on Nov. 24 in the loss to the Steelers. He broke that record Sunday when he had 267 yards receiving. He is the first player in NFL history to have back-to-back 200-yard receiving games.

"Individually it's great, but if it was one of those individual sports, then I could accept that," Gordon said. "As a team we have to do a lot better, we have to get over that hump."

Gordon is only 40 yards short of Braylon Edwards' single-season franchise record of 1,289 receiving yards set in 2007. And, as it turns out, Gordon may represent the best trade the Browns never made.
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