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QB roundup: Hanie, Tanney splitting reps for Browns

Can New England handle the suspense?

Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski announced that a pair of newly acquired quarterbacks -- Caleb Hanie and Alex Tanney -- will split first-team reps in Wednesday's practice ahead of Sunday's meeting with the Patriots, per the Akron Beacon Journal.

Concussed passers Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden have been cleared for team activities, but not for practice, Chudzinski said. The coach acknowledged that any one of these signal-callers might be under center this weekend.

The first-year coach called it a "fluid" and "unique" situation at quarterback. Other words likely come to mind for the fan base of this star-crossed team.

Other quarterback news from around the NFL:

» In Minnesota, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier told reporters that Christian Ponder has not passed concussion protocol and will not practice Wednesday. Frazier said Matt Cassel will "more than likely" start with Josh Freeman in backup duty for Sunday's meeting with the Ravens, per The Star Tribune. "I'm excited about getting the start," Cassel said.

»Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has yet to be cleared for Thursday's practice ahead of Chicago's Monday night showdown with the Dallas Cowboys. Unless Cutler's ankle is markedly improved, look for productive backup Josh McCown to make his fifth start of the year in a tilt the Bears desperately need to win for a shot at the postseason.

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