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Browns QB Brandon Weeden will start Sunday, says he tunes out hometown boos


BEREA -- Quarterback Brandon Weeden will start Sunday against Jacksonville, coach Rob Chudzinski confirmed today.

Jason Campbell wasn’t at team headquarters as he deals with a concussion suffered Sunday against Pittsburgh. Chudzinski said he was feeling better and didn’t rule him out for the game vs. the Jaguars, but it seems remote.

“Weeden will start the game. We’ll rally around him in order to get ready for Jacksonville,” Chudzinski said.

Weeden has had two stints as the starter this season, going 0-4. He replaced Campbell against Pittsburgh in the 27-11 loss.

“That’s kind of the role of being a backup quarterback,” Weeden said. “You never know when your number is going to be called. I’m excited about the opportunity.”

Weeden's looking forward to the chance to start again.

“Absolutely. Absolutely,” he said. “I want to be out there as much as possible with these guys preparing and going through the weekly process of going out and playing a game. I’m excited about it. See if we can get back on track and win a couple games.”

Weeden has become a popular and easy target for fans. He was booed again Sunday by the hometown crowd when he replaced Campbell.

“We just have to go out and control what we can control and tune out all the noise whether it’s outside this building, in the stadium, or people outside good, bad, all that,” he said.

Weeden sprained his right thumb in Week 2 and missed two weeks, during which time Brian Hoyer won the job. Weeden started two more games after Hoyer got hurt -- and lost -- then was benched for Campbell.

Weeden maintained at the time he wanted to stay in Cleveland. He was asked today if he still wants to be here as much as he always did.

“I’m a Cleveland Brown,’ he said. “I think for the next five weeks, I’m a Cleveland Brown. After that, whatever happens is out of my control.

“I’m excited. This is one of the best teams I’ve ever been on as far as just the group of guys in this locker room, the atmosphere we have going on, the friendships we have and the camaraderie, it’s great. I’m going to enjoy every minute of it as long as I’m here, and then if they tell me to beat it, then we’ll see. Right now, my main focus is the Cleveland Browns and winning this Sunday.”

Weeden has completed only 51.5 percent of his passes with six touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 66.0 rating.

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