Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/16/13
The Browns had chances to spoil the home opener of the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens but their offense repeatedly whiffed and starting quarterback Brandon Weeden left M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday evening with his right hand in a black brace. In the wake of their 14-6 divisional loss to the Ravens the Browns have a record of 0-2 for the fifth time in the past six seasons and Weeden has a sprained right thumb that might force him to sit out Sunday’s road game against the Minnesota Vikings. Weeden suffered the injury when he smacked his throwing hand against a helmet — it appeared to be left guard John Greco’s — while delivering a pass over the middle that wide receiver Greg Little dropped with 7:53 left in the fourth quarter. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said X-rays on Weeden’s thumb were negative. “It was tough to put pressure on the ball” Weeden said. “It hurts. Doesn’t feel too good.” Jason Campbell replaced Weeden with 3:34 left and completed 1-of-4 passes for 6 yards the result of an under-handed toss to tight end Jordan Cameron on fourth-and-10 at the Browns’ 22-yard line that clinched their loss with 3:01 remaining. It was one of two fourth downs Chudzinski decided to gamble on and he lost both times. “We were just in a position from a clock standpoint” Chudzinski said of his decision on fourth-and-10. “We needed the time so at that point we needed to go for it.” Weeden the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft said he didn’t know whether he would undergo an MRI. He also said it’s too early to know whether he’ll be able to face the Vikings (0-2). “We’ll find out more [today]” said Weeden who completed 21-of-33 passes for 227 yards posted a passer rating of 83.8 and absorbed 12 quarterback hits including five sacks. “[It] depends on how it responds and if I heal quick enough.” The Browns squandered a 6-0 halftime lead built by Billy Cundiff’s field goals of 21 and 51 yards. His counterpart Justin Tucker missed field-goal attempts of 50 and 44 yards wide right in the first half helping the Browns to shut out the Ravens (1-1) through two quarters and threaten to upset them after their 2012 world championship banner was unveiled before kickoff. The offense guided by Weeden though continued to struggle and the Browns suffered their 11th consecutive loss to the defending AFC North champion Ravens. Weeden’s 53-yard pass to Cameron during the offense’s first play accounted for nearly a fifth of its total yardage (259).
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