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Get To Know Brian Hoyer (Just Your Average Third-string Starting Quarterback For The Cleveland Browns)

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By: Aj Mansour |

Minneapolis, MN – Well the NFL never fails to disappoint in the drama department and week three’s matchup between the Cleveland Browns and the Minnesota Vikings has proven to be no different.

Coming out of a week two loss to the Baltimore Ravens, word came trickling out Wednesday morning that Cleveland’s starting quarterback Brandon Weeden has been ruled OUT of this weekend’s bout with the Minnesota Vikings. Weeden, who through two weeks had passed for 438 yards but struggled to find the endzone, suffered a sprained thumb against the Ravens and is planning to meet with a hand specialist on Thursday to further evaluate the extent of the injury.

With Weeden sidelined, the Vikings began preparations for backup quarterback Jason Campbell. But not so fast. In a surprise move, Cleveland coach Rob Chudzinski made the call Wednesday morning and named third string quarterback Brian Hoyer the starter for Sunday’s game.

“Obviously Brandon Weeden is out,” Chudzinski told us Wednesday. “I just felt like where we’re at currently offensively and what we need to do from a game plan stand point. Brian’s the best fit and gives us the best chance to win.”

Hoyer, a fifth year veteran, spent his first three seasons in the league backing up Tom Brady with the Patriots in New England before heading to Arizona for the 2012 season where he made his one and only NFL start.

“[Brian] gave us a spark in the fourth preseason game we played against Chicago,” Coach Chudzinski said. “He’s a smart guy, an efficient guy and finds a way to make plays.”

While the decision likely came as a surprise to them as well, the Browns players seem to be embracing the decision to roll with Moyer and are ready to follow his leadership Sunday afternoon.

“It really don’t matter to me, I’m behind my quarterback 100% whoever it is,” Browns running back Trent Richardson told me Wednesday morning. “I’m glad people have been sleeping on Hoyer so when he comes out and surprises people it’ll be a bigger shock to the world.”

Although he only has two passing TDs to his name, according to Richardson Hoyer has “got a real big arm, he makes smart decisions and he’s very precise on what he does. Staying with that, when he calls audibles or when he had to kill the play, he’s making smart calls. Hoyer is a smart dude.”

Hoyer’s main concern on Sunday may not be the amplitude of the situation but may be surrounding his desire to stay upright. Through two games this season, the Browns have allowed a league leading 11 sacks and their quarterbacks have been hurried 51 times!

The long-term prognosis on Weeden’s injury is unknown at the moment, but Coach Chudzinski was noncommittal when asked if the starting job was still Weeden’s when he returns.

“That remains to be seen,” coach explained. “We’ll just play that by ear with where Brandon’s at from a health standpoint and how Brian has performed and how we’re doing as a team.”

The Vikings and the Browns square off at noon this coming Sunday, September 22nd. Live action play-by-play can be heard on 100.3FM or at

Aj Mansour covers Minnesota Sports for Feel free to leave comments and questions regarding this post in the space provided below. For Vikings updates and breaking Vikings news, follow Aj on Twitter. @AjKFAN

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