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December 8, 2013

Browns no-name QBs get ready ... just in case

BEREA, Ohio — A week ago, Caleb Hanie was cramming turkey into his face. Now he’s cramming the Browns’ playbook into his memory in case he’s summoned to start at quarterback today against the New England Patriots.

“One week, you’re sitting at home eating Thanksgiving (dinner) with your family. The next week, you could be playing for the Browns,” said Hanie, whom the organization signed off the street Tuesday, less than a week after he spent the holiday with his wife and two young children at their home in Dallas. “It’s pretty crazy. I just try to take it in stride and just prepare the best I can.”

When practice resumed Wednesday, Browns coach Rob Chudzinski still didn’t know who would serve as his starting quarterback this weekend on the road against the Patriots (9-3). Chudzinski described the situation as “very fluid” and “unique.” He conceded he has never been previously involved in such an absurd scenario, and neither have most, if not all, of his players.

“Never,” wide receiver Davone Bess said. “But you’ve got to adjust. That’s what this league is about — midstream adjusting.”

“It’s easy to go south and be sour about it, but we’ve still got the game to play. Guys in this locker room still got character, and we want to get after it.”

Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden have been medically cleared for activity, but not for practice as they recover from concussions, Chudzinski said. Campbell suffered a concussion Nov. 24 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Weeden suffered a concussion Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Hanie and Alex Tanney, whom the Browns plucked off the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad Nov. 26, received reps with the first-team offense Wednesday as they prepared to start. Hanie hasn’t played in a real NFL game since 2011 and has been out of the league all season. Tanney, a second-year pro, has never appeared in a regular-season game in the NFL.

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