Whitehurst (knee) was released by the Browns with an injury settlement Tuesday. Whitehurst replaced an injured Cody Kessler (ribs) in Week 5 and held his own, but he suffered an injury of his own in the process. The extent of Whitehurst's setback is not certain, but it apparently would have cost him some time, so the Browns decided to remover from the roster and replace him with a healthy quarterback in Kevin Hogan. Whitehurst could hook on with a new team once he is back at 100 percent.
Whitehurst completed 14 of 24 passes for 182 yards with a touchdown and an interception against the Patriots on Sunday. Whitehurst was called upon when Kessler (chest) went down and was able hold his own against a tough New England defense. He was picked off once but lofted a perfect 17-yard touchdown pass to Connor Hamlett in the fourth quarter. It remains to be seen how serious Kessler's injury is but should he have to sit in Week 6, Whitehurst will be under center once again versus the Titans.
Whitehurst signed with the Browns on Tuesday. As expected, Whitehurst was signed to serve as Cody Kessler's backup, with Josh McCown (shoulder) out for at least one week. Kevin Hogan will likely stay on the practice squad, leaving Whitehurst one injury away from taking the reins.
Whitehurst is expected to sign with the Browns this week, NFL.com reports. With Josh McCown (shoulder) unlikely to play Sunday against Miami, the Browns will turn to their third starting quarterback in as many games. Third-round selection Cody Kessler is expected to do the honors, but Whitehurst could eventually get a look if the rookie struggles. Kevin Hogan, who is currently on the practice squad, might also be an option at some point this season.
Whitehurst (hamstring) has been placed on injured reserve, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports. With Andrew Luck (kidney) and Matt Hasselbeck (shoulder) uncertain for Week 17, there's some chance Stephen Morris could get the start in a game that's unlikely to have any impact on the playoff picture. In addition to needing a win and a Texans loss, the Colts need at least six other games to go in their favor to hand them the strength-of-victory tiebreaker. Whitehurst, meanwhile, is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season.
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