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Browns name Jason Campbell their Week 8 starting quarterback

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Jason Campbell will be the 20th starting quarterback for the Browns since 1999. (USATSI)
Jason Campbell will be the 20th starting quarterback for the Browns since 1999. (USATSI)

Brandon Weeden's run in Cleveland looks to be over. After a disastrous Week 7 performance, the Browns are going forward with Jason Campbell as their starter, Rob Chudzinski announced on Wednesday.

Campbell was initially thought to be Weeden's backup but Brian Hoyer jumped him on the depth chart when Weeden suffered a lacerated finger early in the season. Now Weeden's recent struggles have opened the door for Campbell again

"He's been productive, leadership, gives us best chance," Chudzinski said.

Translation: "I'm sick of watching Weeden throw underhanded interceptions." Weeden threw what might've been the single-worst pass in NFL history two weeks ago to seal the Browns fate against the Lions in Week 6.

And he followed that up with an abysmal performance against the Packers Sunday, completing just 17 of 42 passing attempts for 149 yards (3.55 YPA, ugh), one interception and one touchdown.

Campbell's not the solution in Cleveland but he's better than the biggest problem. That problem is fact that Campbell will be the 20th starting quarterback for the Browns since 1999.

Weeden, a first round pick in 2011, is probably officially finished in Cleveland now, barring an injury -- or other circumstances -- that force him back in the lineup.

The first test for Campbell -- a former first-round pick in Washington who's become a journeyman at this point in his career -- won't be an easy one: He'll square off against the Chiefs in Week 8 at Arrowhead.

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