Browns announce that third-string QB Brian Hoyer will start Sunday
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The Vikings started the season 0-2 and may have been in need of a pick-me-up.
They got it Wednesday, with the announcement that Browns starting quarterback Brandon Weeden will not start Sunday's game due to injury. And Jason Campbell, the Browns' listed backup, has been leap-frogged by third-string signal caller Brian Hoyer.
BREAKING: Head Coach Rob Chudzinski has informed Brian Hoyer that he will start at quarterback Sunday at Minnesota.— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) September 18, 2013
Weeden, the Browns second-year starter, suffered a sprained thumb in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 14-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The change in quarterback likely won't matter much for a Browns' offense in need of repair.
But Browns running back Trent Richardson said Hoyer will be a "shock to the world" in his second career start.
"He's got a big arm, makes smart decisions," Richardson said. "He'll come out to surprise people. He'll be a bigger shock to the world."
The Browns (0-2) have scored a combined 16 points in their two losses to the Miami Dolphins and Ravens.
However, receiver Josh Gordon will re-enter the Browns' lineup after starting the season with a two-game suspension. The second-year player saw snaps in all 16 games as a rookie, averaging 16.1-yards per reception on 50 catches and five touchdowns.
"Obviously Brandon Weeden is out, that was the first thing," Coach Rob Chudzinksi said in Wednesday's conference call. "We felt like where we were at...from a gameplan standpoint, what we need to do...[Hoyer] is the best fit, gives us the best chance to win."
In his fifth year, the Browns are Hoyer's fourth team. He has one career start.
"He gave us a spark in the fourth preseason game, we played against Chicago," Chudzinksi said. "He's a smart guy, an efficient guy and finds a way to make plays."