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Browns name Weeden starting QB

The Cleveland Browns have settled on Brandon Weeden as their starting quarterback.

Head coach Pat Shurmur made the announcement after practice on Monday.

"He'll be our starter as we go forward here," said Shurmur. "Brandon has been getting most of the work with the (first team), so this isn't just that we're starting the development, we're ramping it up here. We've seen him have a pretty good handle on what we're doing."

Weeden was selected with the 22nd overall pick of April's draft and will get the starting nod ahead of Colt McCoy and Seneca Wallace. The Oklahoma State product will make his first start on Friday when the Browns open the preseason against Detroit.

Shurmur would not say who will be the backup, adding that the situation will be determined through the rest of training camp.

"I spoke to all three guys separately," Shurmur added. "They're well aware of the situation. They're understand their roles right now and they're going to continue to compete."

Barring a change or injury, Weeden's first official NFL start will come in Week 1 at home against Philadelphia in September.

The 29-year-old rookie was a minor league pitcher before giving up baseball and enrolling at Oklahoma State.

McCoy was Cleveland's starter for the first 13 games last season before he suffered a concussion in December after taking a helmet-to-chin hit from Pittsburgh's James Harrison.

The Texas product, starting his third NFL season, threw for 2,733 yards with 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions last year. The Browns were 4-9 with McCoy under center and lost their final three games with Wallace to finish 4-12.

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