August 22, 2014

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Browns: Caleb Hanie picked as backup QB for today’s game vs. Patriots

Cleveland Browns quarterback Caleb Hanie warms up Sunday. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Cleveland Browns quarterback Caleb Hanie warms up Sunday. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Caleb Hanie will serve as the Browns’ backup quarterback today against New England after arriving in Cleveland on Monday.

Jason Campbell will start after missing last week’s game with a concussion.

Coach Rob Chudzinski picked Hanie over Alex Tanney to back up Campbell. Tanney is inactive.
Chudzinski could’ve kept all three quarterbacks on the 46-man gameday roster, but stayed with his season-long practice of going with two.

Hanie, 28, has played 11 games in six seasons, including an 0-4 record as a starter with Chicago in 2011. He didn’t play last season as a backup in Denver and had been out of the league this year after getting cut by Baltimore following the preseason.

Tanney was signed Nov. 26 off Dallas’ practice squad and served as Brandon Weeden’s backup last week against Jacksonville. Tanney has never taken a snap in an NFL game.

Weeden is inactive with a concussion.

Campbell returned to practice Thursday. He is 1-3 as the starter this year.

Inside linebacker Craig Robertson is expected to start after missing two games with a knee injury. His backup, Tank Carder, is also active after missing last week with a shoulder injury.

The other Browns inactives are offensive linemen Martin Wallace, Garrett Gilkey and Reid Fragel, tight end Keavon Milton and receiver Josh Cooper.

The Browns (4-8) kept receiver Brian Tyms active ahead of Cooper.

Inactive for the Patriots (9-3) are receivers Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins, running back Brandon Bolden, tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, right tackle Marcus Cannon, linebacker Steve Beauharnais and defensive end Jake Bequette.