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Hoyer to start at quarterback for Cleveland Browns

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Sep 18, 2013 at 2:24 PM

The Cleveland Browns have announced that Brian Hoyer will get the nod ahead of Jason Campbell this Sunday.

Here is the tweet the team made about 9:30 a.m.: "BREAKING: Head Coach Rob Chudzinski has informed Brian Hoyer that he will start at quarterback Sunday at Minnesota."

The need for a new starter arose after Brandon Weeden injured his thumb toward the end of Sunday's 14-6 loss at Baltimore. Campbell relieved Hoyer but was ineffective.

"I'm expecting (Hoyer) to play well," Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said in a latter tweet.

Cleveland is 0-2 heading into Sunday's game with the Vikings, who also are winless in two tries.

A 2004 Saint Ignatius High School grad, Hoyer played quarterback for Michigan State University from 2005 to 2009. He was signed by New England as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and served as Tom Brady's backup for three seasons. Last year, after being cut by the Patriots following the preseason, he spent time with Pittsburgh and Arizona. Hoyer has seen action in 15 games over four seasons, including one start.

For his career, Hoyer is 57-of-96 passing for 616 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. He also has rushed 25 times for 20 yards and a touchdown.

In May, Hoyer signed a two-year deal with Cleveland and started and played in the entire preseason finale, leading the Browns to a victory in that exhibition contest.

Hoyer will become the 19th quarterback to start for Cleveland since the team returned to the NFL in 1999.

Here are the other quarterbacks who have made at least one start since 1999: Ty Detmer, Tim Couch, Doug Pederson, Spergon Wynn, Kelly Holcomb, Jeff Garcia, Luke McCown, Trent Dilfer, Charlie Frye, Derek Anderson, Brady Quinn, Ken Dorsey, Bruce Gradkowski, Jake Delhomme, Seneca Wallace, Colt McCoy, Thad Lewis and Brandon Weeden.

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