Charlie Whitehurst Cut by Browns: Latest Comments and Reaction

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistOctober 11, 2016

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 09: Charlie Whitehurst #15 of the Cleveland Browns tries to avoid pressure from Chris Long #95 of the New England Patriots in the fourth quarter of the game at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 9, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Patriots defeated the Browns 33-13. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns released quarterback Charlie Whitehurst with an injury settlement Tuesday, according to the team's website.  

In corresponding roster moves, the team signed quarterback Kevin Hogan and defensive lineman Gabe Wright from the practice squad.

Whitehurst, 34, made his 2016 debut Sunday, replacing Cody Kessler against the New England Patriots after Kessler left the game with chest and rib injuries. He threw for 182 yards, a touchdown and an interception before injuring his knee in the fourth quarter.

His release doesn't come as a huge surprise, however.

Browns coach Hue Jackson "sounded optimistic Monday that [Kessler] could play on Sunday in Tennessee," according to Pat McManamon of ESPN.com, and Josh McCown also expressed optimism he could return this week from a fractured collarbone after being cleared to practice Monday.

"I'm going to work through the week and practice and see how it goes," McCown told McManamon.

The Browns could certainly use some stability at the position. They've now had five different players (Robert Griffin III, McCown, Kessler, Whitehurst and Terrelle Pryor) take snaps at quarterback this season, a fact that may rankle a few Cleveland fans after the team traded the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft to the Philadelphia Eagles, who promptly selected Carson Wentz.

Wentz, of course, has led the Eagles to a 3-1 record while completing 67.4 percent of his passes and throwing for 1,007 yards, seven touchdowns and just one interception.

Cleveland's quarterback carousel, meanwhile, has continued to spin.

While Whitehurst couldn't end that trend, his solid play Sunday should serve as a boost to his resume for teams looking to add a veteran backup this season.


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