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Monday, December 1, 2008
Browns searching for a quarterback

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

BEREA, Ohio -- Can you throw a football 50 yards or more?

Then the Cleveland Browns may want to give you a call.

Can you take a hit or read an NFL defense?

Then the Browns are definitely interested.

After losing its second quarterback in two weeks, Cleveland is looking to sign a "veteran" quarterback, coach Romeo Crennel said during his Monday news conference.

 
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The Browns have just one healthy signal caller on the active roster after losing Derek Anderson to a MCL injury in Sunday's 10-6 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Just a week prior, Brady Quinn shut it down for the year with a broken finger.

That leaves third-string quarterback Ken Dorsey to start Sunday against the Tennessee Titans (11-1) and probably for the rest of the season.

"It's going to be a great challenge for us, and one that I'm looking forward to," Dorsey said of his first start of the season.

Crennel added that the veteran Cleveland is seeking will not be brought in to compete for the starting job, ala Daunte Culpepper and the Detroit Lions. He will just be a backup. The Browns also have options with Richard Bartel on the practice squad and Joshua Cribbs, a former college quarterback who is hoping for a chance to throw the ball.

"Our situation hasn't been addressed yet, because we just came off the [injury], but I'm sure it will be addressed in practice today," Cribbs said.

In other Browns news Monday, starting tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. will have an MRI on his sprained ankle and will learn his status for the next game soon. Quinn also has not made a decision on whether to have surgery on his broken right index finger.