Browns third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer will start Sunday against Minnesota in place of Brandon Weeden, who sprained his right thumb last week. Cleveland surprisingly decided to go with Hoyer over more experienced backup Jason Campbell.
Campbell came in for one series in the fourth quarter against Baltimore after Weeden injured his thumb when he banged it on a teammate's helmet. Campbell has 71 career starts for Washington, Oakland and Chicago.
Hoyer was informed early Wednesday of the plan by first-year coach Rob Chudzinski, who will explain his decision at a morning news conference.
It's not yet known how long Weeden will be sidelined. He has already been sacked 11 times this season.
X-rays taken after the game were negative, and Weeden underwent an MRI on Monday. Chudzinski said he would consider starting either Hoyer or Campbell in place of Weeden if his second-year starter couldn't play.
The starting call is a dream assignment for Hoyer, who grew up in Clev...