It seemed like Brandon Weeden's days as the Cleveland Browns' starting quarterback were numbered, but the 2012 first-round pick will receive another opportunity when he starts against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 13, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Jason Campbell had started the previous four games for Cleveland under center, but a concussion knocked him out of the team's Week 12 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and left his status in doubt, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Prior to the official announcement of Weeden as the starter for Week 13, Cabot reported that Campbell would not practice on Wednesday despite the fact that he was making progress.
#Browns' Chud said Campbell is feeling better, won't practice today, doubtful he'll play.— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) November 27, 2013
Will Weeden regain his starting job with a strong showing in Week 13?
This is essentially the last stand for Weeden after twice losing the starting job this season. It's true that he is only a second-year player, but at 30 years of age, the Browns can't afford to wait for him to develop.
With a QBR of just 23.9 and six touchdown passes compared to seven interceptions, it is no wonder that he has struggled to remain in the lineup.
Quarterback figures to be the Browns' main target in the 2014 draft unless Weeden does something special down the stretch.
He can get things started by performing well against the Jags and coming through with a win. The Browns are currently one game out of a six-team pileup for the final playoff spot in the AFC with a record of 4-7.
Some might expect Weeden to be mentally shaken due to head coach Rob Chudzinski's obvious lack of confidence in him, but Chudzinski believes that he is ready to step in, according to Ulrich.
#Browns HC Chud said QB Brandon Weeden has stayed into mentally and stayed ready for next opportunity, which as come up.— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) November 27, 2013
It is unclear how the quarterback battle will shake out once Campbell is cleared, but Weeden may be able to steal the starting job back with a strong showing on Sunday.
The Jaguars are among the worst teams in the league and rank 30th in points allowed, so Weeden must be able to lead the offense effectively against them.
He was somewhat shaky in relief of Campbell against the Steelers last week as he completed just 43 percent of his passes. The NFL is a "what have you done for me lately" kind of league, however, and that means Weeden has a golden opportunity to get back in the good graces of the Browns' coaches and fans.
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