Jason Campbell to start vs. Pats

Updated: December 6, 2013, 3:38 PM ET
By Pat McManamon | ESPN.com

BEREA, Ohio -- Jason Campbell will start at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday against the New England Patriots, coach Rob Chudzinski said Friday.

Campbell was cleared to play and was a full participant in practice. He had been limited on Thursday. He suffered a concussion Nov. 24 during a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"It was tough to sit out," Campbell said. "I thought it was important to get back playing, but at the same time there's life after football, so I wanted to make sure that part was handled correctly before I got back on the field."

Brandon Weeden will not play. He suffered a concussion in a Week 13 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Before Campbell was cleared, the Browns (4-8) were planning to face the Patriots (9-3) with either Alex Tanney or Caleb Hanie at quarterback. Both have been with the team less than two weeks.

Chudzinski said the Browns will decide on the backup when the coaching staff meets Friday and would announce the decision on game day.

"Whatever happens during the game, we have to be ready for," Chudzinski said. "That's part of this league."

Pat McManamon

ESPN Cleveland Browns reporter

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