With Brandon Weeden out with a sprained thumb, the Cleveland Browns are in need of a quarterback for their matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. Coach Rob Chudzinski announced today that third stringer Brian Hoyer will start at quarterback for the Browns on Sunday.
Weeden sprained his right thumb in Sunday’s loss in Baltimore and is expected to miss several games. Chudzinski shunned Jason Campbell, listed as the second string quarterback on the Browns depth chart with nine years experience as an NFL quarterback.
"I feel like based on our current situation, where we're at offensively as well as getting into the game planning for Minnesota, that Brian's strengths are the best fit for this week and that he gives us our best chance to win," Chudzinski said. "The things that he does well fit what we need. For me, it's about who gives us the best chance to win."
Hoyer is a five-year veteran with only 96 passing attempts to his name. Tom Brady’s former backup will lead the winless Browns against the winless Vikings in Minnesota on Sunday.
"I'm definitely excited," Hoyer said. "This is an opportunity you practice for, you prepare for. Obviously, I'm excited and I'll try to take advantage of it and try to give this team everything I've got to help us get that first win."
Hoyer will be the 19th quarterback to start for the Browns since their reintroduction to the NFL in 1999. To make things a bit more difficult for Hoyer, Chudzinski said that wide receiver Greg Little would not start on Sunday due to dropped passes and multiple off-field issues.