CLEVELAND – Brandon Weeden is active for tonight’s nationally televised game against the Bills and will back up Brian Hoyer.
Jason Campbell, who was No. 2 the first four weeks, is inactive.
Hoyer is looking to become the first Browns quarterback to start his career 3-0 since the team joined the NFL in 1950. He’s engineered a huge drive in wins over Minnesota and Cincinnati and has the Browns 2-2 and tied for first place in the AFC North with the Bengals and Ravens. The Browns could move to 3-2 for the first time since 2001.
The Browns pulled a surprise and will wear brown jerseys and brown pants.
Weeden was inactive the last two games with a sprained thumb. He returned to practice Monday, said he felt good throwing and showed the coaches enough to be the No. 2. He’s never been the backup in his two years in the NFL. He was hurt the three games he didn’t start.
Right guard Shawn Lauvao is active for the first time this season and expected to start following arthroscopic ankle surgery in August. He would replace Oniel Cousins.
The Browns will be without starting outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard (knee) and defensive end Billy Winn (quadriceps). Both are missing their second straight games.
Rookie Barkevious Mingo will start again for Sheard. Mingo has three sacks in three games.
Both parts of the Bills’ running back tandem are active despite injuries. C.J. Spiller has an ankle injury and Fred Jackson has a knee injury, but they are expected to play.
The Bills aren’t as fortunate in the secondary. Cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and Ron Brooks and free safety Jairus Byrd are inactive.
Aaron Williams will move from strong safety to starting cornerback, Jim Leonhard will start at strong safety and Da’Norris Searcy will start at free safety.
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