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Browns QB Brian Hoyer to start again Sunday vs. Bengals; Brandon Weeden ruled out

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer (6) scrambles for yardage during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer (6) scrambles for yardage against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

BEREA – Quarterback Brian Hoyer will start his second straight game for the Browns on Sunday against Cincinnati.

Coach Rob Chudzinski made the announcement this morning. Brandon Weeden, who started the first two weeks, has been ruled out for the second straight game with a sprained right thumb.

Hoyer, a North Olmsted native and St. Ignatius graduate, will start his first home game. His family had season tickets to the old stadium when he was a kid.

“Sure, it means a lot,” he said. “Obviously, playing at home with the Cleveland fan base here, it’s going to be special. But once they kick that ball off and you’re between those white lines, that’s what you got to worry about and then maybe after the game you can sit back and think about it.

“It will be awesome. Our fans are great. They’ll be quiet for us and loud for them, so it’s definitely an advantage.”

He’s coming off a win in his first start for Cleveland, going 30-for-54 for 321 yards, three touchdowns, three interceptions and a 68.5 rating. He led the winning drive in the final minutes, capping it with a 7-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jordan Cameron with 51 seconds left.

“Brian obviously was critical in that game and as I said before I have confidence in all of those guys and I expect that Brian will be ready for this game as well and I’m looking forward to it,” Chudzinski said.

Chudzinski said Weeden’s thumb has improved and the plan is for him to begin throwing by the end of the week. Weeden was injured Sept. 15 in the fourth quarter of a loss to the Ravens and hasn’t thrown since.

Chudzinski hasn’t made any long-term decisions about the position.

“Like I’ve said all along, we’ll just approach it from a week-to-week basis and see where everybody’s at and we’ll make the best decision for what I determine gives us the best chance to win,” he said.

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