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Report: Caleb Hanie to work out with Browns, could back up Weeden

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Caleb Hanie might have a job in Cleveland later this week. (USATSI)
Caleb Hanie might have a job in Cleveland later this week. (USATSI)

Quarterback Caleb Hanie hasn't thrown an NFL pass since 2011 and he's currently a free agent, but if all goes well Tuesday in Cleveland, he could soon be a member of the Browns as a backup to probable Week 13 starter Brandon Weeden.

Hanie is scheduled for a work out Tuesday, and assuming it goes well, he'll sign with the team, according to ESPN Cleveland.

Starter Jason Campbell was knocked out of Sunday's loss to the Steelers when he was blindsided by William Gay and suffered a concussion. He'll have to be independently cleared before he can return to play or practice, and he was sent home early from the facility on Monday.

If Campbell can't play, Weeden would be the only quarterback on the roster. Thus, the need to bring in another quarterback like Hanie.

“We're looking at all those options," Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said Monday. "There's a good chance we'll sign one before the game."

Hanie spent 2009-11 with the Bears, and after Jay Cutler was injured in 2011 following a 7-3 start, Hanie was inserted as the starter. Chicago promptly lost the four games he started -- due, in part, to Hanie's struggles in which he completed just 50 percent of his passes while throwing three touchdowns and nine interceptions -- and fell out of the playoff race.

In 2012, Hanie suited up with the Broncos but didn't play a game as he sat behind Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler on the depth chart. He signed with the Ravens in the offseason, but he lost the backup quarterback job to Tyrod Taylor and was released.

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