Brandon Weeden: Updates on Browns QB's Shoulder Injury

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistDecember 23, 2012

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 23: Quarterback Brandon Weeden #3 of the Cleveland Browns warms up before a game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 23, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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Brandon Weeden suffered a shoulder injury during the third quarter of the Cleveland Browns' Week 16 game versus the Denver Broncos.

UPDATE: Sunday, December 30 at 11:42 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Quarterback Brandon Weeden will not be available for the Browns on Sunday vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers. The rookie was listed as inactive for Week 17 according to NFL beat writer for, Fred Greetham via Twitter:

#Browns inactives Weeden McCoy S Brown T RIchardson Shaw Cameron and Kitchen. T Lewis starts for Weeden

— Fred Greetham (@FredGreethamOBR) December 30, 2012

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UPDATE: Friday, December 28 at 12:50 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Weeden has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh:

#browns Weeden, McCoy, Richardson ruled out, Thad Lewis will start in Pittsburgh, Shurmur announced.

— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) December 28, 2012

Down to their third-string quarterback and backup running back against the Steelers' top-ranked defense, it will be all the more difficult for Cleveland to pull off a second 2012 win against its AFC North rivals.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, December 26 at 11:30 a.m. ET

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Rough news for Brandon Weeden fans as the Browns signed Josh Johnson, likely signaling that Weeden will not play in Week 17, according to ESPN's Tony Grossi.

#Browns sign QB Josh Johnson and put SS Usama Young on IR. No doubt means Brandon Weeden not playing in Pittsburgh.

— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) December 26, 2012

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UPDATE: Monday, December 24 at 1:20 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has an update on Weeden's status for next week:

#browns Brandon Weeden has sprained shoulder, not ruled out for Pittsburgh.

— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) December 24, 2012

With little left to play for, there isn't a reason to rush Weeden back if he isn't 100 percent. For now, the Browns would be best served playing it safe here.

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UPDATE: Sunday, December 23 at 6:49 p.m. ET by Rick Weiner

According to ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi, Weeden will not return to action for the Browns in Week 16 (via Twitter):

Brandon Weeden now officially downgraded to out. Still no specifics on extent of right shoulder injury.

— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) December 23, 2012

Colt McCoy will finish this one up for the Browns.

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NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano had the report:

They're looking at Weeden's right shoulder on the bench. Colt McCoy 1 play, 1 sack.

— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) December 23, 2012

Akron Beacon Journal reporter Nate Ulrich followed with this:

Press box announcement: #Browns QB Brandon Weeden suffered a right shoulder injury. His return is questionable.

— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) December 23, 2012

Weeden was 12-of-19 for 104 yards before leaving Sunday's game, but he didn't throw a touchdown.

The Browns don't boast one of the league's top passing attacks, but this is still an injury that they'd rather avoid. Weeden, as a rookie, has spent the entire season building a rapport with his young teammates, and it would be nice for Cleveland if he could finish on a high note.

He hasn't enjoyed a smooth season, but it was somewhat to be expected. Entering Sunday's game, Weeden had over 3,200 yards and 14 touchdowns, but he also had 17 interceptions.

Those kinds of mistakes are costly on a game-to-game basis, but it's also part of his development behind center.

If Weeden cannot go, Colt McCoy will be the guy. He has played in 23 games in his three-year career, so he's not necessarily inexperienced, but there's a reason that the Browns organization decided to select Weeden in the 2012 NFL draft.

The Browns aren't going anywhere this season, but any injury to a quarterback's throwing shoulder will make a coach cringe. It's hard to tell if it's a serious injury or not, so Weeden could come back late in the game or play in Week 17 versus the Pittsburgh Steelers depending on the updates.

Weeden hasn't experienced the success of many other rookie quarterbacks this season, but he has shown flashes of potential.

Finishing the year on a healthy note would give him a little more time to develop and the confidence he needs moving forward.

Stay tuned right here on Bleacher Report for updates.